A child rapist from Castle Douglas convicted of sexually assaulting a string of youngsters has been jailed for 10 years.
Andrew Mouat was this week sentenced at the High Court in Glasgow for what a judge described as an “appalling campaign of offending”.
The 41 year-old began abusing girls when he was just 12 and continued for more than 20 years.
Some of the crimes took place after he organised bogus fancy dress competitions in which he offered youngsters the “prize” of going to bed with him.
Mouat was convicted of 10 charges last month including rape and indecent assault. His QC said Mouat – who is deaf – continued to deny the abuse.
Lord Burns told the accused: “There was very substantial evidence against you in what was an appalling campaign of offending.
“As is pointed out, 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 a 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 10 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 get 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 10 when she was first preyed upon.
Mouat also got a young boy to perform a sex act.
The court heard how some of the abuse occurred after sick Mouat arranged his bogus 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.”