Sex offender is jailed for four years

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A LEARNING assistant who indecently assaulted a vulnerable schoolboy after making him watch a television sex education programme was jailed for four years.

Andrew Bradshaw, 54, was employed at a school in the Capital by the city’s local authority when he assualted the 15-year-old, who has learning difficulties.

Lord Pentland told Bradshaw at the High Court in Edinburgh yesterday: “You have pled guilty to an extremely serious offence in which you engaged in sexual activity with a vulnerable boy.”

The crime involved “some degree of planning and preparation” on Bradshaw’s part at a time when he held a post of “considerable trust”, the judge added.

Bradshaw would have faced a six-year prison sentence but for his guilty plea. He will be put on the sex offenders register for life and listed as unsuitable to work with children.