A TEENAGER who sexually assaulted three young girls in Edinburgh has been jailed for four years.
Grant Farquhar, 18, subjected the youngsters - who are aged between 13 and 15 - to a series of sexual attacks between May and December 2012.
He sexually assaulted one 15-year-old year old girl underneath a stunt ramp at the South Edinburgh skate park in Southhouse Crescent.
The High Court in Edinburgh also heard that he sexually assaulted another 15-year-old girl and a 13-year-old girl at various addresses in the Edinburgh area between November and December 2012.
And the court also heard how he bombarded two 13-year-old girls - who also cannot be named - with a series of explicit text and Facebook messages. The revelations emerged following a two week trial at the High Court in Edinburgh last month.
Sentence had been deferred for the court to obtain reports.
Passing sentence today, temporary judge Michael O’Grady QC told Farquhar that he had no other option but to send him to prison.
He also ordered that Farquhar be supervised by the authorities for four years following his release from prison.
Judge O’Grady added: “It is clear that these charges are greatly concerning. It is quite clear that you have a preference for sexual activity with females younger than yourself.
“The background report also shows that you have little insight into accepting responsibility. I must impose a significant period of custody to protect young women.”
A jury took four hours to find Farquhar guilty of charges of sexual assault, having sex with underage girls and sending sexually explicit and offensive communications.
Farquhar, a prisoner of the Young Offenders Institute in Polmont had entered pleas of not guilty to the charges.
Following conviction, prosecution lawyer Jonathan Brody QC told the court that Farquhar had one previous conviction for assault. He was convicted and admonished for the offence at Edinburgh Sheriff Court last year.
Members of his family were present in the court. They wept as they heard the guilty verdicts.
Defence advocate Drew McKenzie told the court that his client had a “difficult childhood” and once attended a school for special needs children.
Mr McKenzie added: “However, his past behaviour needs to be addressed.”
Judge O’Grady said custody was the only sentence available to him.