A 70-year-old Fife man has been found guilty of sexually abusing young girls in offences dating back to the 1960s.
During a trial at Dunfermline Sheriff Court, three victims told how they were abused by former school janitor John Dewar, with one of them saying she may have been as young as three at the time.
The jury delivered unanimous guilty verdicts on all three charges.
Dewar, of Durris Drive, Glenrothes, was found guilty of using lewd and libidinous practices and behaviour at his home in Cardenden between March 26 1969 and March 25 1973 against a girl then aged between eight and 12.
He was also found guilty of, on various occasions between September 10 1979 and September 9 1985 at the Janitor’s House in Viewforth Gardens, Kirkcaldy, of using lewd and libidinous practices and behaviour towards a girl then aged between three and nine years old.
The third charge was that between May 18 1980 and May 17 1982 at the same location he used lewd and libidinous practices and behaviour against a girl then aged over 12 and under 16.
The three victims gave evidence and one said of the sexual assault: “I’ll never forget that. Never.”
One said she later had nightmares of a man being in her room.
Depute fiscal Ronald Hay told the jury that the evidence of the “three brave women” had told of “abhorrent allegations”.
He described Dewar as “an opportunist” who took advantage of situations “for his depraved sexual gratification”.
Sheriff Craig McSherry called for reports and Dewar will be sentenced on September 2.