A MAN has been charged with a series of historic sex attacks dating back more than a quarter of a century.
Keith Deary, 46, is facing allegations over alleged sexual assaults that are said to have taken place across Dundee and north-east Fife.
The alleged incidents are said to have taken place in locations including a beach, a public hall, and in a car.
Deary, of Main Street, Guardbridge, will stand trial at Dundee Sheriff Court after denying the charges against him.
He is alleged to have assaulted five different people over a period of more than three years.
It’s alleged that Deary sexually assaulted a man — who was a child at the time — in a public hall in St Andrews, on one occasion between the late 1980s and early 1990s.
He is also charged with sexually assaulting a second man, who was a child at the time, at a property in St Andrews, on one occasion.
That incident is also alleged to have happened between the late ’80s and early ’90s.
Deary is further charged with sexually assaulting a third man, at a property in St Andrews and at a property in Dundee.
He is said to have carried this out on various occasions between two dates in the early ’90s.
He is also alleged to have sexually assaulted a fourth man, at Kingsbarns beach, on various occasions over the course of one year in the early ’90s.
He is further charged with sexually assaulting a fifth man, within a car in St Andrews, on various occasions over the course of one year in the early ’90s.
Deary will face a trial over the allegations on July 6.
Several areas of Scotland have seen a rise in reports of alleged historical sexual crimes in recent times.
The Tele told earlier this week how Dundee was among those areas where the number of reported sexual offences had risen since the formation of Police Scotland, with much of that put down to more people coming forward to report alleged historic offences.
In 2014/15, there were 46 historic sexual assaults reported to police in Fife, but the numbers went down with just 18 reported in the first nine months of 2015/16.