Foot fetishist tar­geted girls

Mo­ray man ap­proached 11 and 12-year-olds and asked to see their toes

The Press and Journal (Moray) - - LOCAL NEWS - BY DAVID MACKAY

A Mo­ray man with a foot fetish asked to see the toes of a 12-year-old girl while she waited at a bus stop.

Alexan­der Atkin­son, from Dufftown, ap­proached the young­ster near the town’s clock tower on Septem­ber 25. Fol­low­ing a brief ex­change between the pair, the girl called her mother to say a man was “creep­ing” on her.

Atkin­son ap­peared at El­gin Sher­iff Court yes­ter­day from cus­tody to plead guilty to three charges.

Dur­ing the con­ver­sa­tion, he asked the girl: “You’re not wear­ing socks are you?”

When she told the 25-year-old that she was, he then asked whether she “liked wear­ing socks” be­fore ask­ing if he could see her feet.

Fis­cal Ali­son Young said: “She said no and walked to the cor­ner of the bus shel­ter to get away from him. The ac­cused then walked across the road and, as soon as he did that, the girl phoned her mum to say a man had been creep­ing.”

De­fence so­lic­i­tor Matthew O’Neill re­vealed it had been a long-known fact that his client “likes feet”.

Dur­ing his ap­pear­ance in the dock yes­ter­day, Atkin­son also ad­mit­ted ask­ing to see feet of a 11-year-old girl in Hope­man on June 6 in 2010.

Mrs Young said: “The ac­cused asked to see her feet.

“The girl did re­move one shoe and went closer to the ac­cused to show him. He said she had ‘nice feet’.”

Yes­ter­day, Atkin­son also ad­mit­ted fail­ing to tell po­lice he was us­ing an on­line ac­count with the user­name “Speed­boat­ma­graw” to ac­cess the in­ter­net between Au­gust 1 and Septem­ber 6 this year.

Mr O’Neill ex­plained his

“The girl called her mother to say a man was ‘creep­ing’ on her”

client had learn­ing dif­fi­cul­ties.

He said: “He has been told by my­self, so­cial work­ers and prison staff that this can be looked at as sex­of­fender-type be­hav­iour.”

Atkin­son, of Bal­ve­nie Street, had his sen­tence de­ferred to Novem­ber 9 af­ter he pleaded guilty to charges of lewd, in­de­cent or li­bidi­nous prac­tices, com­mu­ni­cat­ing for the pur­poses of sex­ual grat­i­fi­ca­tion, hu­mil­i­a­tion, dis­tress or alarm and fail­ing to tell po­lice he was us­ing a user­name to ac­cess the in­ter­net with­out rea­son­able excuse.

GUILTY: Alexan­der Atkin­son’s so­lic­i­tor told the court it was a long-known fact his client ‘likes feet’

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