A man who plied children as young as 12 with cannabis and alcohol before sexually abusing them is appealing to get out of jail.
Douglas Stewart, of Dundee, was locked up for three years in January, but is set to take legal action against the “excessive” sentence.
Stewart, now 55, gave his victims cannabis and cider and waited until they had fallen asleep before creeping into the room they were sleeping in and abusing them. In one incident he used a video camera to “see round corners” and watch one of his victims showering.
He admitted three charges of lewd, indecent and libidinous practices and behaviour, which took place in the 1990s.
Stewart’s solicitor George Donnelly, of Lawson, Coull and Duncan, said he was seeking probation. He said: “We are appealing against the sentence on the basis that it was excessive. The sheriff’s starting point of prison was excessive and the starting point of years imprisonment was excessive. His appeal is due to be coming up in April.
“We will be suggesting in the first instance he should be given probation, on a number of conditions including attendance at the Tay Project. If the appeal court rules a prison sentence is inevitable, we will be putting to the court that the current sentence is too high.”
Stewart was sentenced by Sheriff Kenneth McGowan at Dundee Sheriff Court on January 10.
The court heard on one occasion one of the children woke up and Stewart had his hand on the child. The child saw Stewart was carrying out a sex act and that he then went over to another child in the room and carried out a sexual act as that child slept.
The string of offences, carried out between 1993 and 1996, only came to light when Stewart was interviewed by police in 2011.
He was placed on the sex offenders register.
During Stewart’s last appearance at Dundee Sheriff Court, Mr Donnelly had argued for an alternative to custody. He said his client had confessed immediately when confronted and had tendered his sincere apologies to the victims.
But handing down the sentence, Sheriff McGowan had said: “The offences are of a very serious nature and there are some aggravating features, there being first of all the cannabis. There were three complainers and although not over a very lengthy period, these offences were sustained.
“I’ve concluded that for these offences only a custodial sentence is appropriate.”