A TEENAGER raped a drunken 12-year-old girl just ten days after he sexually abused a 13-year-old child.
Aaron Ross was only 14 when he subjected the little girl to a serious sexual assault in Musselburgh on August 10, 2012.
The High Court in Edinburgh heard that Ross – who turned 16 last month – had indecently assaulted a 13-year-old girl on August 1 that year at a primary school in the town.
The story emerged following a week-long trial which ended in Ross being convicted of sexual assault and rape.
The pervert, of Pinkie Avenue, Musselburgh, had pleaded not guilty to the charges.
But a jury returned verdicts of guilty on both after spending yesterday morning deliberating their decision.
During proceedings, the court heard how Ross targeted his first victim in the grounds of Musselburgh’s Pinkie Primary School in August last year.
He seized the 13-year-old girl – who cannot be named for legal reasons – by the arm and forced her to sit on his knee.
He then attempted to kiss her and asked her to perform a sex act on him before attempting to touch her on the body.
The following week, on August 10, Ross raped his second victim – who also cannot be named for legal reasons.
He forced her into bushes close to Ladywell in Musselburgh and then subjected her to a terrifying sexual assault.
During proceedings, Ross – who had a job at Musselburgh Racecourse – admitted to having sex with the girl but claimed that it had been consensual. He told defence solicitor advocate Robert More that his victim had been drinking but that she wanted to have intercourse with him.
The court had heard that the girl was crying after the attack, but Ross denied that her tears had been caused by his violent actions.
When prosecution lawyer Jennifer Bain asked him in cross-examination whether he was lying about his victim wanted to have sex, Ross replied: “No.”
Ms Bain added: “Is it not the case that there wasn’t any mention of sex and you pulled her into the bushes because that’s what you wanted?”
He replied: “No.”
The advocate depute then asked: “Is it not the case that she was crying and telling you not to do this?”
Ross replied: “No.”
When Ms Bain then asked whether he thought it would have been more appropriate to have looked after her because she was drunk and not in a position to have sex, Ross replied: “No. She was only a wee bit drunk.”
The jury returned with their verdicts just before 3pm yesterday.
After the foreman delivered the jury’s guilty verdicts, Ross sat in the dock crying with his head in his hands.
Ms Bain said that Ross had no previous convictions.
Following conviction, sentence was deferred in order for the court to obtain reports about Ross’ character.
Mr More said he would deliver his plea of mitigation at the later hearing.
Lady Clark then thanked the jury for their service and excused them from their duty.
Ross will be sentenced at the High Court in Edinburgh on December 4.