An Aberdeen rapist who carried out a catalogue of abuse and violence against victims over nearly two decades was jailed for 12 years today.
John Fox abused women and children at a series of addresses in Aberdeen between 1985 and 2002.
A judge told the 58-year-old at the High Court in Edinburgh the sentence he imposed was for punishment for the “atrocious and sometimes cruel conduct” he perpetrated towards the victims.
Fox, who was convicted of a string of physical assaults on children and women, as well as raping two of the females, had denied the offences.
Lord Uist said: “You now have to pay the price for the deplorable crimes you committed all those years ago.”
Fox, who was assessed as posing a high risk of future sexual offending, was also placed on the sex offenders’ register indefinitely.
He was previously found guilty of a total of 21 charges. Fox was convicted of 14 assault charges, one indecent assault and six charges of rape against two women – one who was pregnant at the time.
He was also acquitted of further rape charges at his trial at the High Court in Aberdeen.
Lord Uist acknowledged that Fox, formerly of Wellside End, Kingswells, Aberdeen, had a good work record and a limited record of offending with three previous convictions, none of which led to a jail sentence.
The judge said in view of Fox’s age and that he had not been convicted of any offence in the last 20 years he had decided not to call for a full risk assessment report, which can lead to the making of an Order for Lifelong Restriction.
Police Scotland’s National Child Abuse Investigation Unit in Aberdeen led the inquiry, and its efforts have been highly praised by the Procurator Fiscal following the verdict.
It is one of the first cases the NCAIU took on following its establishment in March 2015 and also involved officers in Glasgow, as well as from Sussex Police and the Metropolitan Police.
Detective Sergeant Ryan Morris said: “This case, and today’s sentencing, shows how important it is for victims of any kind of abuse to come forward when they feel able to.
“It doesn’t matter how much time has elapsed, allegations will be investigated thoroughly, and perpetrators will be brought to justice, regardless of the passage of time.”