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Man raped a four-year-old child because 'he asked me to'

George Cameron befriended the boy's mother then carried out the abuse at his home.

Glasgow High Court.

A sex offender raped a four-year-old boy and then claimed the child asked him to do it, a court has been told.

At the High Court in Glasgow 68-year-old George Cameron, a registered sex offender, admitted raping the boy at his flat in the southside of Glasgow on March 17.

The court heard that Cameron has two previous convictions for lewd and libidinous and shameless indecency offences against young boys.

In 1994 he was jailed for five years at the High Court in Glasgow.

Advocate depute Gillian Wade, prosecuting, who is head of the National Sexual Crimes Unit, told the court that Cameron befriended the child's mother.

Ms Wade said: "They first met Cameron when he came to their door with a bag of toys. After that the mother and her son became friendly with Cameron. Cameron helped her by doing various errands for her and took her shopping in his car. He bought toys for the four-year-old and let him watch DVDs.

"As the year went on Cameron began to gain the confidence of the family and the mother's trust and confidence in him grew."

The court heard that the boy started to call Cameron “Papa George”.

On March 17 Cameron took the mother's broken vacuum cleaner to his house to try to repair it and the child went along to help. About 15 minutes later Cameron brought the boy back and then left. He had given him a chocolate biscuit, a packet of Smarties and a yoghurt.

The mother realised by the boy's demeanour that something was wrong. Eventually the child told her he had been sexually abused by Cameron and she phoned the police.

When Cameron was interviewed by officers he initially denied raping the boy but eventually confessed, telling police: "He asked me to."

He was asked if he had ever done anything like that before with the boy and said: "No, he just thought it was like a kind of fun thing."

Cameron was asked if he thought it was fun and replied: "It's a spur of the moment."

Ms Wade said that the Crown was asking the court to consider a lifelong restriction order which would allow the authorities to monitor Cameron closely after his release from prison.

She added: "His offending has escalated."

Cameron was represented by QC John Hamilton who will give his plea in mitigation at a later stage.

Judge Lord Pentland placed Cameron, who is in Barlinnie Prison, on the sex offenders register and deferred sentence until September 14 at the High Court in Aberdeen.

He ordered a risk assessment to ascertain the danger Cameron poses to the public.

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