Tayside and Central Scotland

Arbroath man admits sex assault on 12-year-old girl

A 12-year-old girl was sexually assaulted in a bathroom after drinking with friends in a park, a court has heard.

The group moved to a nearby house in Arbroath, Angus, when police moved in to confiscate the alcohol.

While they were there, 23-year-old James Tough took the girl into the bathroom and indecently assaulted her.

Tough, from Arbroath, admitted the offence. He will be sentenced next month.

The High Court in Edinburgh heard that Tough had gone to the park on 20 May 2011 to meet his cousin.

Defence advocate Ronnie Renucci told the court that although Tough was 22 at the time of the offence he had a very low IQ, and said the difference in maturity between him and the girl was not as great as their ages might suggest.

Judge Lord Uist called for background reports and allowed Tough to remain on bail - ordering him not to be left alone with children.

Tough has also been added to the sex offenders' register.

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