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Tattooist Paul McLellan guilty of sexually assaulting girls

Paul McLellan
Image caption McLellan has previous convictions for sexual offences against other young girls

A man who sexually assaulted girls, including a 15-year-old, after giving them tattoos at his flat in Dundee, has been found guilty.

Paul McLellan, 43, had denied 22 charges, including 12 of illegally giving tattoos to girls under the age of 18 and 10 sexual offences.

A sheriff told him it was "perfectly clear" that he was "grooming some of these girls with a view to further sexual activity".

Sentence was deferred until next month.

Dundee Sheriff Court heard how some girls were subjected to degrading ordeals in which McLellan exposed himself and tried to pull down their trousers and touch them.

The jury of 10 women and five men found him guilty of 12 charges under the Tattooing of Minors Act 1969.

He was further convicted of five sexual assaults, three charges of sexual activity with girls under 16, one of sexual communications with a girl under the age of 16 and one of intentionally exposing himself to two girls under the age of 16.

Previous assaults

After a jury gave its verdict, the court heard how McLellan had previously been jailed for three years in 2003 in England for two sexual assaults on young girls.

In 2006 he was then given a further a four-year jail sentence for sexual offences against girls under the age of 16 in Scotland.

McLellan was on licence from his 2006 sentence at the time of the most recent offences - which meant he was banned from approaching or contacting children.

Sheriff George Way deferred sentence for social work background reports and a psychiatric assessment.

He said: "It is perfectly clear from all I have heard that you are a person who is a considerable danger to young girls.

"It is fair to say that at the present moment I doubt my sentencing powers are adequate and I may have no choice but to remit you to the High Court for sentencing."

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