Pervert abused children in foster care

Livingston Sheriff Court heard Kevin Gillan abused the girls.  Picture: Lisa Ferguson

Livingston Sheriff Court heard Kevin Gillan abused the girls. Picture: Lisa Ferguson

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A pervert has been convicted of abusing two under-age girls while they were in foster care.

Kevin Gillan had access to the youngsters – one of them aged just nine at the time – because he was staying in the house where they were placed for emergency respite care.

The younger girl claimed Gillan groped her when she was alone in the living room with him.

The older girl, 19, who was 14 at the time of the offence, gave evidence that he touched and handled her breasts over her clothing and smacked her on the bottom after entering her bedroom.

Neither of the victims can be named for legal reasons.

Sheriff Susan Craig ordered that Gillan’s name be placed on the sex offenders’ register with immediate effect and called for background reports before sentencing.

Gillan, 24, of Katherine Street, Livingston had denied committing a total of four sexual offences against two girls between May 12, 2010 and June 25, 2013.

He was convicted of using lewd, indecent and libidinous practices towards a nine-year old in 2010 and sexually assaulting the 14-year-old in 2013.

During his trial at Livingston Sheriff Court he was cleared of making sexually indecent remarks and a further charge of sexual assault.

The court was told he has no previous convictions. He will be sentenced on July 30.