May 2022

West Lothian pervert sexually assaulted teen while she stayed overnight at his home

A pervert convicted of sexually assaulting a teenage girl is now starting an 18 month prison sentence.

George McGregor of Leven Walk, Livingston was also told his name would remain on the sex offenders register for 10 years and that he was banned from approaching or contacting his young victim for the next 27 months.

McGregor, 40, had denied digitally penetrating the 17-year-old while she was staying overnight at his West Lothian home on 29 March 2020.

However, following a trial at Livingston Sheriff Court in March this year, a jury returned a majority verdict finding him guilty of sexually assaulting the girl while she was asleep and incapable of giving or withholding consent.

The jury heard he continued to fondle her after she awoke and pretended to be sleeping.

Passing sentence, Sheriff Douglas Kinloch reminded the accused that the girl he had sexually assaulted had only been 17-years-old at the time.

He said: “Why you allowed yourself to do this to her, only you will know. Drink may have affected your judgement.

“Possible difficulties in your own relationship may also have contributed, I don’t know.

“But it was seriously wrong to do what you did and the only real question in this case now is whether a prison sentence has to be imposed.”

He told McGregor: “This was invasion of her person which elevated this assault to a serious level.

“It’s a sexual assault on a person who is less than half your age who should have been safe in your house.

“This sexual assault has to be seen as a gross breach of trust and one which resulted in her sustaining significant distress and upset which is likely to be long-lasting.

“I’ve come to the conclusion that in all the circumstances I can’t deal with this assault in any other way than by a prison sentence.

“The sentence will be 18 months given the gravity of the charge.”