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Aberdeen bus driver jailed for teenager sex assault

A bus driver who sexually assaulting an "exceedingly drunk" teenage passenger in Aberdeen has been jailed for 18 months.

Alexander Lafferty, 38, attacked the 17-year-old girl on her way home from a night out with with friends in December 2009.

Lafferty, of Macduff, admitted carrying out the assault in Skene Street.

Sheriff Malcolm Garden told Aberdeen Sheriff Court that Lafferty had abused his position of responsibility.

The teenager's companions had left the girl on the bus on the understanding she would be dropped off safely.

Defence agent Frances Connor said: "Mr Lafferty stresses he was unaware that the girl was younger than the other girls. He does advise me that the complainer had been flirting with him."

She said her client had considered the act to be consensual and perhaps did not fully understand he had a responsibility to ensure that the girl's decision-making was not compromised in any way.

Sheriff Garden said imprisonment was the only appropriate sentence.

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