Ryan Brown who raped a 10-year-old girl and sexually assaulted a young boy at a disused Ayrshire railway station has been jailed

A man who raped a young girl and sexually abused a boy has been sentenced to seven years in prison.

Ryan Brown, 35, attacked the ten-year-old girl who was in his care at home in Drongan, East Ayrshire, between November 2019 and March 2020.

Brown previously molested the boy, when he was aged between four and six, at the disused Drongan railway station between April 2011 and 2013.

The indictment said Brown persuaded his victim to engage in sexual activity.

Brown, of Drongan, was found guilty by a jury and sentenced at the High Court in Glasgow.

Lord Colbeck, the judge, said: “You deny any offences and you accept no responsibility.

“I have to assess guilt in the context of these matters and at a given time I look at what is reprehensible.

“Every time you committed a crime, it involved children in your care, who were entrusted to you, and you were in a position of trust.

“I need to assess the damage you have done.

“The girl’s testimony shows that she suffered psychological harm and trauma that continues to this day.

“There is no other way to deal with you than a long period of detention,

“This is a punishment and an expression of public disapproval of your behavior.”

Brown was found to have three previous convictions, which do not overlap with similar convictions in 2007 and 2008. He has never served a prison sentence or appeared before the Supreme Court before.

Gail Gianni, defending the accused, said during the sentencing that her client maintains his innocence.

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