Tayside and Central Scotland

T in the Park security guard avoids prison sentence over sex attack

Allan Freedman Image copyright PPA
Image caption Allan Freedman was placed on supervision and ordered to complete 180 hours of unpaid work.

A T in the Park security guard who sexually assaulted a teenager during last year's festival has avoided a prison sentence.

Allan Freedman, from Thornliebank, Glasgow, targeted the teenager after she became separated from her friends at the Strathallan Castle site.

Freedman, who has since lost his job, was placed on supervision and ordered to carry out 180 hours unpaid work.

The 43-year-old was also placed on the sex offenders register for one year.

Depute fiscal Carol Whyte told Perth Sheriff Court that the girl had been with a group of friends at the festival but they had become separated from each other.

The girl thought her friends would be in the Slam tent and asked Freedman for directions.

Ms Whyte told the court it was clear from the fact Freedman was wearing a high-visibility vest that he was part of the official security team for the site.

She said Freedman led the girl towards the tent before stopping and groping her, as well as kissing her repeatedly on the face and lips.

'Lapse in judgement'

Ms Whyte said the teenager, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, was "terrified" by Freedman's behaviour and the police were called.

Freedman admitted sexually assaulting the girl by handling her knee and waist and repeatedly kissing her without consent on 10 July.

Solicitor David Holmes, defending, said: "He lost his job as a result of this matter, as one would expect.

"When asked why he acted as he did, he really can't explain that lapse in judgement.

"He tells me it would have been his hope that he might have been able to meet the young lady afterwards.

"He realises this was entirely unrealistic and apologises for his conduct."

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