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Child sex attacker Andrew Mouat jailed

Andrew Mouat
Image caption The court heard that Andrew Mouat began molesting girls when he was 12

A serial sex offender has been jailed for a catalogue of charges involving children dating back 30 years.

Andrew Mouat, 41, was convicted of 10 charges, including the rape of a young girl.

The jury heard that Mouat began molesting girls when he was just 12 and continued to do so for more years.

Some offences took place after he organised bogus fancy dress competitions.

Advocate depute Alan Mackay, prosecuting, said: "He would offer the winner the somewhat dubious prize of going to bed with him."

Mouat, of Donald Court, Castle Douglas, denied the charges against him and claimed his accusers were lying during his trial at the High Court in Edinburgh.

But the jury found him guilty of offences dating back to 1983.

Background reports

Mouat was convicted of various charges of indecency, indecent assault and rape.

The rape victim was aged between eight and 10 years old when Mouat attacked her between September 2005 and July 2007.

She gave her evidence via a CCTV link.

The trial heard how Mouat took advantage of the youngsters and ordered them not to tell anyone.

Three other women and a boy gave evidence against him. One girl was three years old at the time the abuse began, another was aged six and a third was 10.

Judge Lord Burns remanded Mouat in custody pending sentence next month and called for background reports.

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