Pervert offered 16-year-old girl £3 to have sex

Livingston Sheriff Court heard Lyndon Sanders offered the girl �3. Picture: Gordon McBrearty
Livingston Sheriff Court heard Lyndon Sanders offered the girl �3. Picture: Gordon McBrearty
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A 50-year-old pervert paid a schoolgirl £3 in a bid to make her have sex with him.

A court heard that the shocked 16-year-old rejected Lyndon Sanders’ offer to prostitute herself and told police what he’d done.

Sanders, from Broxburn, West Lothian, was arrested and charged with a breach of the peace.

He denied behaving in a threatening and abusive manner by making sexual advances and sexually inappropriate remarks towards the youngster at his home last September.

But after he had forced what he described as the “provocative” teenager to give evidence against him at Livingston Sheriff Court, he was found guilty as charged.

Passing sentence, trial judge Sheriff Susan Craig expressed concern that Sanders appeared to be unaware that what he’d done was wrong.

She told him: “I heard the trial and I know what findings in fact I made in relation to the exchange that you had with this young woman.

“There’s a limited acknowledgement by you that you did make a proposition to this young woman in relation to the exchange of money and seeking to have sex with her.”

She added: “I found the evidence I heard at the trial troubling and I’m still troubled by the attitude displayed by you in background reports towards the victim.

“You appear to take no responsibility and appear to suggest that her behaviour towards you was being provocative and in some way excuses your behaviour and allowed you to behave as you did. You’re a 50-year-old man and she was 16.”

She ordered that Sanders name should be added to the sex offenders register and sentenced him to three years social work supervision under a community payback order.

She also ordered him to take part in a compulsory community intervention course for sex offenders, banned him from unsupervised contact with any child under the age of 16 and imposed a conduct requirement barring him from contacting his victim again.

She told him: “It will be a requirement of supervision that you participate in the programme I’ve identified because the purpose of that is to have you acknowledge that your behaviour is wholly inappropriate and indeed criminal.

“That seeks to make changes in your behaviour so that the public risk is reduced.”

Sheriff Craig warned Sanders that if he failed to comply with the sentence he faced being recalled to court and sentenced to imprisonment.