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Man admits to sex charge dating from 10 years ago

Steven O'Neill
Image caption Sentence on O'Neill was deferred for background reports

A man has admitted to having sex with a young girl when he was a teenager 10 years ago.

Steven O'Neill, who is now 24 and from Inverness, had sex with the 10-year-old between September 1999 and September 2000.

At the High Court in Edinburgh, he admitted rape - a charge which results from sex with a girl under 12.

Judge Lord Kinclaven deferred sentence for background reports.

He allowed O'Neill to remain on bail pending sentence in Glasgow next month.

The court heard that on one occasion he had sex with the girl in woodland after offering to take her home after she had been playing with friends.

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