A Fife pensioner slapped one of his carers on the bottom just a few months after asking another if she would “get in bed with him”.
Wheelchair user David Seaman, 79, pled guilty to sexually assaulting one of the women and communicating indecently with another by making sexualised comments towards her at his home.
A sheriff placed him on the Sex Offenders Register after he admitted the two offences at Dunfermline Sheriff Court.
He denied three further sexual assault allegations and two more charges of making sexualised comments and these not guilty pleas were accepted by the Crown.
Slapped buttocks and made comment
Senior procurator fiscal depute Azrah Yousaf told the court that in June 2020, a care assistant had attended his home in Lochgelly‘s Joe Temperley Wynd with a colleague and they were laughing with Seaman.
The fiscal depute said: “He started making inappropriate sexualised comments and asked if she would get in bed with him and asked for a kiss.”
The care company manager was informed and Seaman was told this was inappropriate behaviour.
Ms Yousaf said in December of that year, another care assistant was seeing to his needs and Seaman then “slapped her on the buttocks.”
The fiscal continued: “She told him that was not behaviour she would tolerate and he laughed it off as a joke.
“The matter was reported to the care manager and thereafter the accused was reported to police.”
Ms Yousaf said when interviewed about the incident, Seaman replied: “I gave her a slap on the arse and she left the house.”
Defence lawyer Zander Flett said Seaman, a first offender, believed he was engaging in a form of banter with the women at the time of the incidents.
The lawyer said Seaman’s wife looked after him until a new care package was found and he continues to have carers assisting him with “no ongoing issues at all.”
Sheriff Francis Gill adjourned sentencing until August 3 for the production of background reports.
A decision will be made then about how long he will stay on the Sex Offenders Register.
The court heard Seaman receives care for mobility issues and “other issues” which were not disclosed in court.