Cross-dresser sentenced for sexual assaults

Building exterior of Perth Sheriff Court, Tay Street, Perth.

A cross-dressing Perth man who sexually assaulted three shop workers has been ordered to pay them compensation.

Gavin Scott was also placed on the sex offenders register for three years, during which time he will be subject to a supervision order.

He has also been ordered to undertake the Tay Project, which helps rehabilitate sex offenders.

Scott groped one teenage victim in January last year after asking for her help trying on a dress.

The 52-year-old, who had arrived at the store wearing women’s clothing, asked the 17-year-old to help him while he tried on clothes.

At a hearing in February, depute fiscal Tina Dickie said: “The accused selected two dresses and made his way to the changing rooms.

“He requested she assist him with the zip on the dresses, which she did.”

The teenager felt uncomfortable as Scott insisted on keeping his hands behind his back and moved away from the dressing room. As he left the store he pinched the girl’s bottom.

In another shop in the same month Scott grabbed another assistant’s rear and said to her: “You have a nice bottom.”

In March, he returned to the store and was seen touching himself while browsing for thigh-high boots.

As an assistant showed him where the footwear was kept she witnessed him “repeatedly fondling” himself “in a provocative and alarming way”. He then groped her bottom and groin through her clothes and fled when she called for help.

At an earlier hearing at Perth Sheriff Court, Scott had pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting the women. Three other charges relating to similar incidents at a third store and a school car park were dropped.

Sheriff Lindsay Foulis ordered Scott, of Innewan Gardens, Bankfoot, to pay a total of £900 in compensation to his three victims.

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