Rapist who wrote sex abuse story jailed for 10 years

Paedophile Hugh Mitchell. Picture: Vic Roderick
Paedophile Hugh Mitchell. Picture: Vic Roderick
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A CHILD rapist who wrote a graphic account of sexual abuse mirroring his exploitation of a victim has been jailed for more than ten years.

Hugh Mitchell’s wife handed in his “fictionalised” sordid story to police before he was due to stand trial for a catalogue of sex crimes.

Mitchell’s book contained a tale entitled “Holiday” which he wrote from a child’s viewpoint describing the girl’s gratitude towards him for “teaching her how to make love”.

Former soldier Mitchell pled guilty to raping a nine-year-old girl and a further seven charges of indecency involving a total of five underage girls.

A judge at the High Court in Edinburgh told him: “You were repeatedly committing serious sexual crimes against young children over many years.”

John Beckett QC said: “You deployed inducement, manipulation and threats to inflict your grossly depraved conduct on innocent children.”

The judge said statements provided by the victims made “harrowing reading” and added: “In different ways you have traumatised all of your victims.”

“The court must seek to deter you and others from committing such crimes and to protect children from you,” said the judge.

He jailed Mitchell, formerly from Kirknewton, West Lothian, for a total of ten years and ten months and ordered him kept under supervision for a further three years.

First offender Mitchell was also placed on the sex offenders’ register for life.

The judge said he took account of Mitchell’s long army service, his age, health problems and lack of previous offending.

Mitchell abused children at various houses, at Almondell Country Park, East Calder, and at Bubbles Leisure Pool in Livingston, all in West Lothian.

Mitchell, 65, a former classroom assistant at a West Lothian school, began preying on children in 1988 and continued up to 2004.

Victims said Mitchell had ruined their lives. One woman has scars on her arms from self-harming and suffers depression and post-traumatic stress disorder.

The victim was regularly subjected to abuse by Mitchell from the age of five. He would make her watch child and adult pornography.

He regularly made the girl perform sex acts and plied her with sweets and fizzy drinks and as she grew older gave her money for cigarettes and drink.

Advocate depute Alan Cameron told the court: “He also told her that if she did not do what he said, he would have to go and see her sister. In order to protect her sister she agreed to let him do these things to her.”

Mitchell, who acted as a babysitter, turned his predatory attention to her younger sister whom he abused from age six.