An Angus man has been jailed for more than nine years for a string of sex offences against children.
John Sinclair, 61, was found guilty of six charges, including rape, attempted rape and indecent behaviour towards a child under section six of the Criminal Law (Consolidation) (Scotland) Act 1995.
He was also found guilty on three counts under the Sexual Offences (Scotland) Act 1976.
All of the offences related to children and took place between 1995 and 2000 in Dundee and Arbroath.
Sinclair, who stood trial at Aberdeen High Court, denied all nine charges. Two were eventually withdrawn and one was found not proven.
He was handed jail terms of six years for rape and a further three years and six months for attempted rape.
Sinclair was also sentenced to 18 months apiece for the remaining four charges which will run at the same time as the other two.
That means that in total, Sinclair will serve nine years and six months behind bars from his arrest date of May 15.
DCI Iain Wales, of Police Scotland, said the guilty verdicts proved that convictions could be brought in historical cases.
“It doesn’t matter if it happened 10, 15 or 20 years ago,” he said. “Police Scotland will investigate in the same way as if it happened at the weekend.
“This has been a long, protracted investigation. To be able to get the victims to have the courage to come out and give statements, and then to go to court took a long time.
“It has been a difficult inquiry and a real ordeal for the victims having to give evidence at the High Court.
“Hopefully now this will be a bit of closure for them and allow them to finally move one.”
The most recent police statistics have shown the number of sex crimes reported in Angus increased dramatically this year.
A report from Chief Superintendent Hamish Macpherson revealed 134 “crimes of indecency” were recorded between April and September representing a 127% rise on the five-year average of 59.
In more promising news, Angus saw a 14% reduction in group 1-4 crimes (comprising violent crime, sexual offences, dishonesties, vandalism, fire-raising and malicious mischief).
Chief Superintendent Hamish Macpherson said: “These reductions are a positive reflection of their hard work and professionalism, as well as the excellent partnerships that we have with the local authority, other agencies and organisations and, above all, the people of Angus.”