Police found three missing children at a convicted sex offender’s home in Dundee.
Officers raided Ryan Scott’s flat in Ballindean Road on April 9 last year, following concerns the “high risk” youngsters were holed up in inside.
Scott, 21, admitted sexually abusing one of the children when he appeared at Dundee Sheriff Court.
Just a month before the raid, Scott had been given a child contact ban after he lured a schoolgirl back to a Dundee flat to engage in sexual activity on Valentine’s Day, despite knowing his victim was only 14.
Scott, also known as Coral Scott, admitted that on April 8 and 9 last year, he engaged in sexual activity towards a 14-year-old child by kissing her on the face.
Fiscal depute Charmaine Gilmartin told Dundee Sheriff Court that Scott has previous convictions for violence and threatening or abusive behaviour.
Ms Gilmartin said: “At 12pm on April 9, 2023, officers attended the accused’s address as they had reason to believe three children deemed high risk missing persons were potentially at the address.”
Police knocked at the door and got no answer.
After carrying out door to door inquiries, officers were told Scott had been seen with three other people.
Officers called a joiner to help force entry, but Scott eventually came to the door as it was being unlocked.
“The three children were in the house,” Ms Gilmartin continued.
“All three were under 16 and were taken to Seymour House (child protection facility).”
Once there, social workers and public protection police officers spoke with the youngsters.
During a joint approach, two of the children disclosed that there had been sexual activity between Scott and the third child.
The third child explained she and Scott had kissed.
Solicitor Morgan Day asked her client, who is currently remanded in HMP YOI Polmont, be granted bail for the pre-sentencing reports to be prepared.
Ms Day explained Scott had spent a “significant period on remand,” having been behind bars since appearing in court two days after police raided the flat.
She said: “A report will be required in relation to this particular matter.
“I am instructed to seek liberation on bail for the preparation of reports.
“My client does understand however that liberation may not be an option at this moment in time.”
This motion was refused.
Sheriff Alastair Carmichael deferred sentencing for reports until March 8 and continued former trainee painter and decorator Scott’s remand.
Scott had only been at liberty for around a month before he committed this latest offence.
He previously admitted using fake social media accounts to target an earlier victim months after initially meeting on Snapchat.
Scott met that child on Valentine’s Day 2022 outside the McManus gallery and museum in Dundee city centre and got a bus back to his flat.
They kissed, despite Scott’s friend later telling police the abuser was well aware the victim was only 14.