Child sex predator George Owen jailed for five years

George Owen A judge told George Owen he had behaved in "a devious and calculating manner"

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A man who admitted sexually abusing four young children over an 11-year period has been jailed for five years.

George Owen, 66, attacked the children mainly at properties in Prestwick, South Ayrshire, and Bellshill, North Lanarkshire, between 1971 and 1982.

He was caught in 2012 when a daughter of one of the victims confronted him.

Owen was jailed at the High Court in Glasgow after previously pleading guilty to five charges of acting in a lewd and libidinous manner.

Judge Lord Turnbull told Owen that he had behaved in "a devious and calculating manner".

'Predatory offenders'

Lord Turnbull added: "It is the duty of the court to protect victims from predatory sexual offenders who use children as sexual objects."

During a previous hearing, the court was told that Owen's first victim was only five years old when he began attacking her.

He also started abusing an eight-year-old boy around the same time.

A second boy was also targeted - beginning at the age of five. This included a sex attack at a swimming pool cubicle in Ayr.

Owen's final victim was aged between eight and 10 when she was abused.

Prosecutor Bill McVicar told how Owen escaped justice for decades until a daughter of his first victim challenged him about the abuse in late 2012.

Owen then went missing, but police eventually discovered him in Dunoon, Argyll and Bute.

He told officers that his "past was catching up with him" and that he had "needed to get away".

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