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George Anderson jailed for raping girl and abusing others

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Image caption George Anderson was remanded in custody after being convicted of rape and sexual abuse

A man who was convicted of raping a 14-year-old girl and abusing five others over almost two decades has been jailed for eight years.

George Anderson, 63, from Johnstone, Renfrewshire, committed the offences between May 1973 and August 1992 at addresses in his home town and Howwood.

He raped one victim and sexually abused another with intent to rape. Others were subjected to unwanted advances.

Anderson was also placed on the sex offenders' register.

'Devastating effect'

Jailing him at the High Court in Glasgow, judge Johanna Johnston QC told Anderson: "These crimes were committed on young girls and young women.

"You exploited your position as a trusted adult. Some of these victims were vulnerable.

"Your behaviour escalated until you raped a young girl. This has had a lasting and devastating effect on this young girl.

"You then you went on to attempt to rape a young girl. Again this has a lasting effect. Your criminal conduct has had a devastating effect on your victims."

Judge Johnston added: "Your victims showed great bravery in speaking of what happened to them."

During his trial, fruit and vegetable salesman Anderson claimed all the woman who had brought allegations against him were lying.

The court heard that Anderson was finally brought to justice after his rape victim and her father confronted him at home.

Consent claims

She accused him of raping her and was told by Anderson: "I've been expecting this."

Despite saying this to his victim, Anderson denied raping the girl while he was giving evidence.

He claimed she was a willing partner and had consented to sex.

Advocate depute Jim Keegan QC, prosecuting, said: "Are you so irresistible that a young girl would willingly engage in sexual intercourse with you?" and Anderson replied: "Yes."

The court also heard that Anderson wrote a letter of apology to a girl he abused in 1973 when she was aged 12, saying: "I am so sorry for my behaviour all those years ago. I just hope you can find ways to forgive me."

He admitted sending the letter but claimed it had nothing to do with sexually abusing the girl.

Another victim described Anderson as a "sleazy, dirty old man" and said he had told her: "I'm going to have you".

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