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Dumfries man Mark Lavan jailed over sex acts with girl

A man who carried out sex acts with a girl, aged 14, and amassed a collection of child pornography has been jailed for four years and eight months.

The High Court in Edinburgh heard that Mark Lavan, 24, collected and traded indecent images online.

Lavan, formerly of Lorimer Crescent, Dumfries, admitted making indecent photos and distributing them through a file-sharing programme.

He also pled guilty to engaging in sexual activity with the girl.

Lord Turnbull told Lavan: "You are a young man with a good work record.

"You come from a good family background and have never before engaged in any form of criminal conduct.

"Accordingly it is indeed desperately sad to see someone like you appear before the High Court on what are such very serious charges."

The judge told Lavan that the indecent photographs of children represented "the serious abuse of the child depicted".

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