Man, 68, ad­mits sex of­fences against girl aged un­der 16

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A 68-YEAR- OLD man has been placed on the sex of­fend­ers’ reg­is­ter af­ter ad­mit­ting com­mit­ting sex­ual of­fences against a girl un­der 16 years.

Ru­pert James Nevil Valpy, res­i­dent of France, ad­mit­ted to lewd, in­de­cent and li­bidi­nous prac­tices to­wards the girl on var­i­ous oc­ca­sions be­tween Fe­bru­ary 22 2003 and Fe­bru­ary 26 2006 at Ot­ter Lodge, Ard­na­mur­chan.

Valpy’s so­lic­i­tor Gerry Sweeney ex­plained to the court that be­ing on the reg­is­ter would af­fect Valpy in this ju­ris­dic­tion. He would have to make con­tact with Po­lice Scot­land be­fore trav­el­ling in the UK ju­ris­dic­tion, present him­self to the rel­e­vant po­lice of­fice and re­port to po­lice again when leav­ing the UK ju­ris­dic­tion.

Procu­ra­tor Fis­cal Martina East­wood told the court Valpy had lived most of his adult life in the UK and went on hol­i­days to Ot­ter Lodge with a group in­clud­ing the com­plainant.

She noted this was a ‘re­mote lo­ca­tion with no neigh­bours or street­lights’. The procu­ra­tor fis­cal ex­plained the com­plainant re­ported three in­ci­dents which took place in the grounds of Ot­ter Lodge and that Valpy had ad­mit­ted to his now- es­tranged wife that he had ‘per­haps been in­ap­pro­pri­ate’ with the child on one oc­ca­sion only.

Th­ese in­ci­dents were re­ported to have taken place dur­ing games of ‘flash­light tag’ in the dark when the girl was 12 years old or above.

The procu­ra­tor fis­cal said th­ese in­ci­dents had af­fected the com­plainant deeply.

Sen­tence was ad­journed un­til May 24 for a crim­i­nal justice so­cial ser­vices re­port to be pre­pared in­clud­ing how long Valpy will be on the sex of­fend­ers’ reg­is­ter.

He was re­leased on bail.

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