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Man raped and sexually attacked six children over decades

Raymond Oldham has been jailed for ten years for the attacks in Fife and East Lothian.

Raymond Oldham: Jailed for ten years.
Raymond Oldham: Jailed for ten years.

A man raped and sexually abused six children over more than three decades.

Raymond Oldham has been jailed for ten years for the attacks on five boys and a girl in Fife and East Lothian.

The 51-year-old, of Dundee, abused the children who were aged between eight and 13 between 1983 and 2016.

One boy who was grieving following the death of his father was targeted by Oldham who befriended him and took him for drives to secluded areas such as a country park and woods.

He began molesting the boy and told him: "Don't say anything. You will regret it."

The 13-year-old was then raped by Oldham.

He targeted his first victim when she was aged eight or nine and he was 16 or 17 after playing hide and seek with her at a house in Musselburgh.

A judge told him at the High Court in Edinburgh: "You have been convicted on your own plea of a series of sexual offences against young children and in particular against young boys."

'You have been convicted on your own plea of a series of sexual offences against young children and in particular against young boys.'
Judge at the High Court in Edinburgh

Oldham's next victim was a boy of 11 or 12 who awoke to find the paedophile abusing him at a house in the East Lothian town before he left the child crying after he committed further abuse on him.

He also told another boy who called at his then family home in Tranent to borrow some sugar to take off his trousers.

The boy, who was between eight and ten at the time, pushed him away. Oldham was laughing as the boy ran home.

Another boy was staying at a farm cottage near Cupar where Oldham was living at the time when he was molested.

The frightened child did not feel safe and went to a woman who allowed him to stay with her while he awaited his mother's return from England.

The boy who lost his father would also sleep over on occasion at the cottage but became a target for Oldham.

Officers began to investigate Oldham in 2016 after he was caught with an indecent image of a child on his mobile phone.

Lord Boyd of Duncansby said: "All of the victims must have been traumatised by what has happened. You have an obvious and admitted sexual attraction to male children and teenagers."

Sergeant Graeme Dursley added: "Oldham targeted vulnerable young people and abused a position of trust he held with them.

"He is a prolific offender who committed the most disgraceful crimes. It is thanks to the courage of the victims that Oldham will now face the consequences of his actions."

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