October 2017

Mother of paedophile lollipop man who took naked pictures of a six-year-old girl received a torrent of abuse

THE MOTHER of a loner lollipop man who took naked pictures of a six-year-old girl received a torrent of abuse following her paedophile son’s arrest.

James Moran, 32, was caged for three years at Glasgow Sheriff Court after he committed the heinous act at a city school in May.

His solicitor Bill McCluskey revealed his mum has been abused online following his arrest, and gave details of his loner social life.

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He explained Moran had not attempted to seek bail as “when he came into custody his family and in particular his mother was subject to online abuse and threats.

“He felt it was in his family’s best interest to stay where he was.”

Mr McCluskey said Moran also had barely any contact with others outside work.

He explained: “He is described by his mother as a painfully shy person.

“His life before his arrest was going to work, then confining himself to his bedroom where he watched TV and DVDs and played video games.

“On Saturday he would go into the city centre for two hours and purchase sweets and DVDs.

“This was the extent of his social life.”

The court also heard that Moran’s psychiatric report showed he had no psychological illnesses, which his lawyer said gave him “comfort in the fact Mr Moran does have the capacity to engage in any rehabilitation.”

He explained that he had no previous convictions and so would not show up in any “scrutiny as we know it” in any jobs he had.

The solicitor added that his client did not want to put the victim or her parents through the ordeal of a trial, and was keen to have the “matter resolved” as quickly as possible.

Sheriff Alan Mackenzie said his crimes were of the “utmost gravity” before sentencing him to three years behind bars and a life-long registration on the sex offenders roll, meaning he will no longer be able to work with children.

August 2017

Lollipop pervert abducted six-year-old girl before stripping her in school cupboard

A lollipop man stripped and photographed a scared six-year-old girl in a school store cupboard.

James Moran, 32, ambushed the girl as she returned from the toilet and led her to the cupboard.

When she refused his demand to remove her clothes, he took hold of her and stripped her.

The child grabbed her clothes back as he took a picture of her with his mobile phone. When he fled, she returned to her class where she told her teacher of her ordeal.

She later pointed out her attacker, saying: “It was him.”

Moran, of Dalmarnock, Glasgow, admitted abducting the schoolgirl on May 2 at a primary school in the city.

He also admitted sexually assaulting her by causing her to participate in sexual activity.

Glasgow Sheriff Court heard Moran had been employed by Cordia and had been working at the school for four or five years.

His role was limited to school crossings, moving furniture and litter picking and he had no direct interaction with children.

He was described as a “loner” who had “limited communication skills”.

Procurator fiscal depute Lindsay Madden said that around 10.45am the child left her classroom to go to the toilet and while walking back, met Moran.

He took her by the hand and led her to a nearby storage cupboard she had never been to before.

Mrs Madden said: “The accused did not speak while he led her to the storage cupboard, thereafter closing the door.

“The accused then asked her to strip. She refused to remove her clothing at which point the accused took her by the right hand and removed her pinafore, vest and underpants with his other hand.

“At this point the complainer was naked other than for her socks and shoes.”

He then used his mobile phone to take a picture of her and while using both hand stop operate the phone, the child took her clothes back from him.

Moran heard a noise and quickly left and the child dressed “as quickly as she could”.

The court heard she immediately told her teacher what happened to her and that was a man she had seen in the school before.

Lindsay Madden, prosecuting, said the girl’s parents and police were called and while showing them where she had been taken by Moran, the girl saw him.

She pointed and clearly said: “It was him” but he didn’t react.

Moran was detained and taken in for questioning by police. His phone was examined and showed a blurred image, as if taken quickly, of a naked child in a room with boxes.

It was consistent with the young girl’s version of events.

Sheriff Alan MacKenzie deferred sentence until later this month for reports.

Moran was remanded in custody.