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Man accused of raping boy at Inverness-shire nursery

A man has gone on trial accused of raping a toddler at an Inverness-shire nursery.

Mark Maclennan, 30, denies raping the boy at the nursery when the child was two or three years old between 1 August 2012 and 23 May 2013.

Mr Maclennan, from Bath, has also denied sexual abusing a young girl and boy at the nursery.

In other charges he has been accused of sexually assaulting a girl in Stirling, Dunblane and Dunfermline.

It has been alleged that she was assaulted on various occasions from the ages of 12 to 15 between October 2007 and July 2010.

Indecent photographs

Mr Maclennan is also accused of, between February 2009 and May 2013, having in his possession indecent photographs of children at the nursery and at an address in Stirling, and between 22 February and 28 March 2009 taking, or permitting to be taken, indecent photographs of children.

He denies all the charges against him.

The trial started earlier at the High Court in Glasgow, but no evidence was heard.

Advocate depute Kath Harper, prosecuting, read out a joint minute of agreement.

This stated that photographs which will feature in the trial were taken at the nursery and that three DVDs listed as productions involve interviews with the three nursery children.

Judge John Morris QC told the jury of nine women and six men: "We will start the evidence properly at the start of next week."

The trial continues.

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