OAP could face jail after molesting girl

Dundee Sheriff Court
Dundee Sheriff Court

A babysitter who molested a primary schoolgirl after singing a Liberty X song stating “everything about you’s so sexy” at her has appeared in court.

Francis Downie, who is now an OAP, later told police he felt the girl was “giving me the come on” before he touched her.

The girl was so horrified by the attack that she ran off to her brother’s bedroom and hid in his top bunk - but kept the attack secret for almost 15 years before coming forward when a work colleague’s abuser was convicted.

Downie admitted the attack when quizzed by police - and could now face a jail term when he appears for sentence at Dundee Sheriff Court next month.

Fiscal depute Nicola Gillespie told the court that Downie would babysit her and her brother on occasion at their home in Anstruther.

When left alone together he would sing lyrics from the hit single Just A Little Bit by Liberty X - which includes the line “everything about you’s so sexy” - making her feel “uncomfortable”.

Miss Gillespie said: “It was due to this particular song that she could identify the particular time period that this occurred.

“He would sing it to her and it made her feel uncomfortable.

“On the night in question she was in the living room and he touched her private parts over her clothing.

“When he stopped she ran to the toilet crying.

“She was scared and went to her brother’s room to the top bunk and sat in the corner.

“He asked her to come back down stairs but she tried to change the subject.

“In 2016 a colleague disclosed she had been abused and reported it to police and that the perpetrator was subsequently convicted.

“After thinking it through she decided to report it.

“On January 25 this year the accused was contacted by police and detained.

“He said he wasn’t aroused by it and that he knew she was young but that to him it was like she was ‘giving me the come on’.”

Downie (73) of Buckhaven, pleaded guilty on indictment to a charge of using lewd, indecent and libidinous practices and behaviour towards the girl between January 31, 2001 and January 30, 2003 at an address in Anstruther.

After his guilty plea it emerged Downie had a previous conviction for lewd practices dating back to 1965.

Solicitor Christopher Sneddon, defending, said: “He was with a group of friends in a van coming home from a public house and exposed himself and urinated in the presence of people under the age of 14.

“The disposal was a small fine - it’s not indicative of a more serious offence.”

Sheriff Alastair Carmichael deferred sentence until next month for social work background reports.

Downie was released on bail and placed on the sex offenders register meantime.