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Paul McMenemy Quinn jailed for sexual assault on girl

A man who sexually assaulted a 13-year-old girl has been jailed for 41 months.

Paul McMenemy Quinn, 43, was a guest at the girl's family home in Paisley when he carried out the assault in July of this year.

He pleaded guilty to the offence after the girl told her mother what happened and DNA tests were carried out.

At Paisley Sheriff Court, Sheriff David Pender ordered that Quinn's name be placed on the sex offenders' register for an indefinite period.

The sheriff also told Quinn that he would be referred to Scottish ministers to ensure he was deemed to be a person who was unsuitable to be working with anyone under 18 years of age in future.

'Bad record'

Sheriff Pender said a jail term was necessary due to the gravity of the offence, Quinn's "very bad record for serious offending" and the fact there had been a breach of trust involved.

He said the jail term would have been four-and-a-half years if Quinn had not admitted his guilt.

The court heard that Quinn, from Paisley, was a friend of the the teenager's family and turned up drunk at a social get-together in their home.

After others decided to return home, Quinn was told he was "in no fit state to go anywhere" and could spend the night there.

The girl's mother said she was going to bed and agreed to let her daughter stay up.

Once they were alone in the living room, Quinn closed the door and sexually assaulted the girl.

She told her parents the following day what had happened and police were called.

As soon as the findings of a DNA forensic examination became known, Quinn made it clear he wished to have the issue resolved and prevent his victim from having to give evidence in court.

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