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A South Uist sex offender who preyed on boys and girls over a 16 year period faces a lengthy jail sentence.


James MacLachan was found guilty on 11 allegations following a jury trial at Glasgow High Court.


Four other charges were dropped.


The offences took place between the late eighties and 2005 when he groomed his victims.


The 49-year-old salmon farm worker denied the charges.


The offences included sexual assault, four counts of indecent assault, and three offences of lewd and indecent behaviour towards a child.


MacLachan was convicted of raping a young teenage girl.


He molested a girl under 16 years and a girl of primary school age.


He also acted indecently with a boy under 16 years and a much younger boy.


MacLachan was placed on the sex offenders register.


Judge Lord Beckett called for background reports and remanded him in custody until he is sentenced next month.






Sexual predator groomed young children

19 May 2017