Youth worker who hade sex with school­girl jailed

The Press and Journal (North-East) - - LOCAL NEWS - BY ALIS­TAIR MUNRO

A for­mer Mo­ray Coun­cil youth worker who abused his po­si­tion of trust by hav­ing sex with a “vul­ner­a­ble” school­girl has been jailed for eight months. Daniel Ed­wards, 39, en­gaged in sex­ual ac­tiv­ity with the girl on var­i­ous oc­ca­sions over two years, when she was 16 and 17.

El­gin Sher­iff Court was told Ed­wards, of Clergy Street in Mac­duff, car­ried out sex acts with the teenager, had sex with her and also sent her sex­ual text mes­sages and pho­to­graphs by mo­bile phone be­tween 2013 and 2015.

De­fence lawyer Stephen Carty said: “The of­fence is one where the sex­ual con­tact be­tween the ac­cused and com­plainer took place when the com­plainer was over the age of 16. This is an abuse of a po­si­tion of trust, ac­cepted by Mr Ed­wards.

“This con­duct should not have taken place given the po­si­tion he was in but there was no sug­ges­tion of any duress or co­er­cion placed on the com­plainer. He will not be al­lowed to work with chil­dren or vul­ner­a­ble per­sons in the fu­ture.”

Sher­iff Chris Dick­son told Ed­wards: “Given the grav­ity of the of­fence I con­sider a cus­to­dial sen­tence is the only ap­pro­pri­ate method of deal­ing with you.”

The sher­iff also placed Ed­wards on the sex of­fend­ers’ reg­is­ter for a pe­riod of 10 years.

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