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Jail for Highland man (51) who paid £50 for 13-year-old girl to strip

By Ali Morrison

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A man who paid £50 for a 13-year-old girl to strip down to her bra and pants has been jailed for three months.

Iain Nicholson (51), described as an Inverness prisoner, but who previously lived in the Culloden and Smithton area, was due to stand trial at Inverness Sheriff Court.

However he entered a guilty plea to the August 24, 2019 offence committed in Culloden Woods before the jury heard any evidence.

Defence solicitor advocate Mike Chapman said his client was already serving a 30-month sentence with a potential extension of 18 months for other sex offences with his earliest liberation date of May 6 this year.

He asked Sheriff Margaret Neilson not to radically interfere with that release as his client had already spent the equivalent of an eight-month jail sentence. Sheriff Neilson deducted eight months from the headline sentence of 11 months.

He said: "A third party knew of my client's predilection for paying money for sexual favours and she arranged a 13-year-old girl to take off her clothes for him.

"He thought she was at least 16 years of age due to a mention of a college course but there was nothing to suggest she was 18 years of age.

"He is currently on the Sex Offenders' Register and the subject of a Sexual Offences Prevention Order indefinitely and when he is released on licence, the terms are strict.

"The authorities will be keeping an eye on him for the foreseeable future."

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