Sex offender placed on register

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A 34 year old Tweedbank man appeared in court last week charged with serious sexual offences.

Chris Thomson of Neidpath Court, admitted having relations with two girls, aged 16 and 17, in the early part of last year and in 2009.

He first appeared on an undertaking at Duns Sheriff Court on June 30 last year and then after relations with the second girl came to light he appeared again on July 26 to answer the same charges when he was granted bail.

Fiscal Richard Freeland told the court how the accused made advances towards the first girl after she had been playing in an orchard with other youngsters. After they left, she was left alone with Thomson and he put his hand under her t-shirt for around 10 minutes.

A few nights later the two kissed and the girl touched him in an intimate manner. Things progressed and Mr Freeland said that according to the girl the pair went on to have sexual intercourse seven times, Thomson repeatedly telling her not to tell anyone.

Relations with the second girl began in a similar fashion and when questioned she too said that it started with Thomson kissing and touching her and then progressed to full sex.

When questioned by police the accused admitted that there’d been “flirtiness” between himself and the girls and things progressed from there.

In mitigation, Ross Dow said Thomson was at loss to properly explain his conduct and was saddened by the effect the matter had had on his family.

Sentence was deferred until June 1 and he was placed on the Sex Offenders Register but Sheriff Donald Corke warned him that he should be “in no doubt about the likely outcome.”