Pervert jailed for bid to lure girls into van

Richard Conlin appeared at Haddington Sheriff Court. Picture: Gordon Fraser

Richard Conlin appeared at Haddington Sheriff Court. Picture: Gordon Fraser

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A PERVERT who followed schoolgirls in his work van before trying to kiss them and lure them into his vehicle has been jailed for 18 months.

Richard Conlin approached three young girls – one in her school uniform – in a bid to get them into his van after pretending to stop to ask them for directions.

Conlin drove to secluded roads in East Lothian last year in his search for young girls, even taking a Labrador puppy along on one trip in a sick bid to get the girls into his vehicle.

The 41-year-old pulled in behind the teenagers as they walked along a road before getting out of his van and quizzing them about boyfriends, attempting to kiss and cuddle them, and offering to drive them home.

Conlin, from Stirling, spotted his first victim, a 15-year-old girl in her school uniform who had been sent home early due to her feeling unwell, on a country road near Gifford on September 26 last year.

Two further incidents took place at the A198 Prestonpans to Longniddry road on November 22.

Conlin appeared at 
Haddington Sheriff Court where he admitted three charges of conducting himself in a disorderly manner.