Edinburgh crime: Foster carer abused three young boys he was looking after

A pensioner who preyed on vulnerable children has been locked up for seven years.

Ramon Rarity, 74, abused the three boys including one who later stated his life had been shattered by what happened.

He was sentenced having earlier been convicted of three charges of lewd and libidinous behaviour.

The crimes occurred between 1997 and 1999 in addresses in West Lothian.

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A judge stated at the High Court in Glasgow that boys had been "let down by the criminal justice system" for years before Rarity was finally found guilty.

Lord Fairley told Rarity: "The evidence showed you to be a predatory paedophile who preyed on vulnerable children for your own gratification and caused substantial harm."

Rarity, of Seafield, West Lothian, was also put on the sex offenders list indefinitely.

The young victims were aged around 11 and 12 at the time.

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Rarity was jailed for his crimes against children at the High Court in Glasgow

One told jurors at the trial in Edinburgh: "It ruined my life."

Wendy Hay, defending, said: "He has a stable relationship and a very supportive family.

"They have been vociferous in their ongoing support of him."