August 2013

Paedophile lured young victims with fake fancy dress competitions


A sexual predator lured his child victims by organising fake fancy dress parties.

Andrew Mouat was sentenced to ten years in prison at the High Court in Glasgow on Wednesday.

The judge, Lord Burns, described his crimes as an “appalling campaign of offending”.

The 41-year-old began sexually abusing girls when he was 12 and continued for more than 20 years. Some of the crimes took place after he organised fake fancy dress competitions which culminated in his victims being sexually assaulted.

Mouat, of Castle Douglas, Dumfries and Galloway, was convicted on ten charges in July including rape and indecent assault. His QC said Mouat, who is deaf, continued to deny the abuse.

Lord Burns told Mouat: “There was very substantial evidence against you in what was an appalling campaign of offending. As is pointed, you abused your victims – who were vulnerable – and misused your power to exploit them to meet your own sexual needs.”

Mouat, who is considered to be at high risk of re-offending, will be monitored for a further eight years on his release.

A jury previously heard how the offences dated back to 1983. The rape victim was aged between eight and ten when he forced himself on her on a date between September 2005 and July 2007. He had previously got into bed with the girl when she was only six and attempted to induce her to carry out a sex act.

Another girl was three when the abuse began, a further female victim was six and the last was ten when she was first preyed upon. Mouat also induced a young boy to perform a sex act.

The court heard how some of the abuse occurred after Mouat arranged fake fancy dress parties.

Prosecutor Alan MacKay said: “He would offer the winner the somewhat dubious prize of going to bed with him.”

Murray Macara QC, defending, told the court that Mouat maintains his innocence. Mr Macara added: “He denies these individuals are victims at all.”

July 2013

Child rapist organised fake fancy dress contests to lure victims

A man who organised fake fancy dress competitions to lure under-aged girls into bed has been found guilty of a catalogue of offences stretching back 30 years.

Some of Andrew Mouat’s victims were as young as three, the High Court in Edinburgh was told.

Mouat, 41, was found guilty on ten charges of indecency, indecent assault and rape in Castle Douglas, Dumfriesshire, including the rape of a girl aged between eight and ten.

The rape victim, who gave evidence by CCTV link, said Mouat forced himself on her on an occasion between September 2005 and July 2007. He had previously tried to force her to perform a sex act on him when she was six years old.

Three other women and a boy gave evidence against Mouat, who began abusing girls when he was 12 years old.

He took advantage of his victims while their parents were out at work, instructing them not to tell anyone.

The charges alleged that he would lick and touch the feet of the youngsters. Advocate-depute Alan Mackay, prosecuting, told the jury it was “done for some sexual gratification”.

Mr Mackay said some of his offences happened after he organised bogus fancy dress competitions. “He would offer the winner the somewhat dubious prize of going to bed with him,” the prosecutor said.

Mouat, of Donald Court, Castle Douglas, denied the charges against him and claimed his accusers were lying.

Judge Lord Burns remanded him in custody after the jury found him guilty and ordered background reports before passing sentence.