May 2011

Sex offender walks free from court

A MAN who had sex with three underage girls, including one he picked up in his car from school at lunchtimes, walked free from court this week.

Fraser Cormack (21) dodged a jail term and was instead put on probation for three years for having intercourse with one 13-year-old and two 15-year-olds – who cannot be named for legal reasons.

Locations of his sordid acts included his own bedroom at his address in Stirling’s Maurice Avenue, a remote area in Stirlingshire known as the North Third and even by a roadway near Blair Drummond Safari Park.

Cormack had previously pleaded guilty at Stirling Sheriff Court to three separate charges of having unlawful sexual intercourse with girls over the age of 13 and under the age of 16. The charges related to events on various occasions between August 19, 2008 and July 1, 2010.

At his previous appearance, the court heard how Cormack would pick up one of the 15-year-olds – whom he met through a mutual friend – in his car on her lunch break. He would then have sex with her before returning her to the school afterwards.

The court was also told that Cormack made contact with the other 15-year-old through the social networking site Bebo and that he met the 13-year-old girl through a friend back in 2008.

The sex offender was only caught when one of the 15-year-olds contacted police after she heard that Cormack was dating a girl of a similar age.

He was back at Stirling Sheriff Court on Wednesday for sentencing, background reports having been completed.

Solicitor Ken Dalling said that Cormack had no previous convictions but acknowledged that his client had pleaded guilty to serious sexual offences in this case.

He added that there were no suggestions that the intercourse which took place was anything other than consensual.

Mr Dalling said that Cormack did not any accept that there had been any element of “grooming” involved and indicated that his client even viewed himself as being “pursued”.

The solicitor added that this did not matter, however, as the girls were too young to engage in intercourse.

Mr Dalling added: “Mr Cormack himself is categorised as immature and vulnerable within the reports.” He concluded by saying that the public interest could be best served in the case by “a period of support, supervision, monitoring and counselling” for Cormack.

Sentencing, Sheriff William Gilchrist told Cormack: “Having intercourse with girls aged 13 to 16 is a serious offence, even although the intercourse was consensual.

“It is made even more serious in your case as you had intercourse with three girls. Imprisonment has to be at the forefront of the court’s mind.”

Sheriff Gilchrist said, however, that he took into account Cormack’s age, the fact that he had no previous convictions and a genetic condition which made him look and act younger than his age.

Having considered the matter, Sheriff Gilchrist said that he was satisfied that the public interest could be met by the imposition of a probation order.

In addition to the three-year probation order, Cormack was also made subject of a sexual offences prevention order for three years, which bans him from accessing social networking sites.

Cormack was also put on the sex offenders’ register for the duration of the probation order.