Glasgow & West Scotland

Gerard O'Brien, 54, jailed for abusing girls in Glasgow

A man who sexually abused two young girls at properties in Glasgow has been jailed for three-and-a-half years.

Gerard O'Brien, 54, was convicted of the attacks in Ibrox and Cardonald between September 1988 and June 2000.

Glasgow Sheriff Court heard how his victims, who cannot be named for legal reasons, were aged four and seven years old when the abuse began.

O'Brien was caught after the eldest girl, his first victim, reported the abuse to police in April 2011.

Childhoods 'blighted'

He denied the abuse but was unanimously found guilty of two charges of using lewd and libidinous practices towards the girls at his trial last year.

Jailing O'Brien, Sheriff Alan Mackenzie said: "The offences of which you were found guilty by the jury were carried out over a period of years towards children - children who should have expected your protection and not your exploitation.

"They were at a tender age. Their childhoods were blighted."

The sheriff ordered O'Brien to be supervised for six months after his release and to be placed on the sex offenders' register indefinitely.

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