School janitor is jailed for sex offences against six-year-old girl

James Moran sentenced to 3 years
James Moran sentenced to 3 years

A school worker who abducted a six-year-old girl, stripped her and took a naked photograph of her has been jailed for three years.

James Moran, 32, silently led the child to a store cupboard at her school as she made her way back from the toilet.

When she refused his demand to removed her clothes he took hold of her and stripped her naked - apart from her socks and shoes.

The child grabbed her clothes back from Moran as he used both hands to take a picture of her with his mobile phone.

Moran fled and the child returned to her class where she told her teacher of her ordeal and later pointed out her attacker in the school saying “it was him”.

Moran, from the Dalmarnock area of the city, pled guilty to abducting the schoolgirl on May 2, this year at a primary school in the city.

He also admitted sexually assaulting her by causing her to participate in sexual activity, forcing her to remove her clothes and underwear and taking a naked picture her.

Sheriff Alan Mackenzie sentenced Moran to three years behind bars and put him on the Sex Offenders’ register indefinitely.

Passing sentence he told Moran: “The crimes you committed involves a six year-old child in an environment where she ought to have been safe and secure.

“One where her parents anticipated she would be.

“I consider that the offences are of the utmost gravity, I am in no doubt as has been recognised, no other disposal other than a custodial one is appropriate.”

Glasgow Sheriff Court heard Moran was employed by Cordia to carry out work in the school and had been working for four or five years.

Staff said the role was “limited to school crossings, moving furniture and litter picking” and he had no direct interaction with children.

He was described as a “loner” who had “limited communication skills”.

Defence lawyer Bill McCluskey said his client is described as “painfully shy”.

He said Moran’s family have been the subject of online abuse as a result of his actions and he was keen not to put the child’s family through a court process.

Detective Inspector Fiona Hill said: “This was a very disturbing crime which took place within a primary school, where all children should be safe.

“James Moran is undoubtedly a dangerous predator and his young victim must have been absolutely terrified during the ordeal he put her through.

“Thankfully due to the quick actions of the school and the officers who attended, Moran was apprehended shortly after the incident and held accountable for his actions.

“This type of despicable behaviour will not be tolerated and I hope today’s outcome provides some comfort to the victim’s family as well as the wider school community.”