Mum says child abuser should rot in jail

David Masson. Picture: Ian Georgeson
David Masson. Picture: Ian Georgeson
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THE mum of a four-year-old girl who was filmed while subjected to a number of sickening assaults said she hopes her abuser “rots in jail.”

David Masson, 62, was caught when the child’s father found the footage on a mobile phone and recognised him from his wedding ring and the letters “H-A-T-E” tattooed across his fingers.

He pled guilty to charges of taking and possessing indecent pictures at the High Court in Edinburgh on Monday.

The girl’s mum said she was racked with guilt and feelings she has “failed as a mother.”

Fighting back tears she said: “I feel like I’ve failed as a mum. I feel like I’ve let my little girl down. My children are my pride and joy and like any parent, I want to protect them.

“He makes me feel sick. I want to kill him for what he’s put my daughter through.”

Masson, of Penicuik, also admitted sexually assaulting the child by exposing himself and rubbing himself against her bare bottom.

His catalogue of abuse was revealed after the girl’s dad saw clips on Masson’s phone. He initially assumed it was downloaded pornography before recognising the ring and tattoo on Masson’s hand and saw the child was his daughter.

Advocate depute David Nicolson, prosecuting, told the court: “The situation became volatile.”

Police officers arrived to find the father being restrained by a relative. When the phone was examined, a video clip lasting about two and a half minutes and another lasting a minute and 20 seconds were found.

In court, solicitor advocate Stuart Carson, defending, said Masson was extremely sorry and had pleaded guilty at the first opportunity.

Judge Lord Boyd of Duncansby called for a background report and remanded Masson in custody pending sentence in Glasgow next month.

The mum-of-two, 32, said she was haunted by inappropriate comments he made before the assault. She said he would ask about her sex life and made vulgar comments about watching teenagers undress.

She fears Masson would pose a risk to the public if released and hopes the judge will “throw away the key”.

She said: “I hope he never gets out. I hope he dies in jail and it’s a slow, lingering death.

“I still don’t really know exactly what happened to her but she’s withdrawn and not as outgoing as she once was.

“He’s a danger to the public and a risk to other girls. I hope he’s never given the chance to do this to another family.”