September 2019

Convicted child sex offender joined a local church group and befriended young girls

A convicted child sex offender who joined a local church group and befriended young girls has been jailed.

Gordon Sanderson was caught dancing with one youngster after he became involved with a church in Musselburgh last year.

Sanderson picked the child up and swung her around while also encouraging the girl to wrap her legs around his waist and place her arms around his shoulders.

The pervert was also caught in the company of an 11-year-old girl during a trip to Edinburgh Castle after he had volunteered to drive the church mini-bus to the world famous tourist attraction.

Sanderson, of North Berwick, has a long history of sexually abusing children and has been jailed on numerous occasion in the past for sexual offences against women and children.

He was placed on a Sexual Offenders Prevention Order (SOPO) in 2015 and conditions included being banned from forming relationships with anyone without prior approval from his supervising officer.

Sanderson was jailed for 16 months in January this year for breaching the SOPO after he admitted befriending women and children at the church and on days out at the National Museum of Flight, near East Fortune.

Now the depraved 61-year-old is back behind bars after he admitted speaking and communicating with two children on separate occasions last year.

Edinburgh Sheriff Court was told Sanderson had been “effectively chased out of the community” at his hometown of North Berwick and had been forced to travel to Musselburgh to join a church.

Prosecutor Clare Kennedy said Sanderson volunteered to drive a group of adults and children on a trip to Edinburgh Castle last September.

Ms Kennedy said a father took his two children, who all can not be identified due to legal reasons, on the castle trip and during the excursion he noticed his 11-year-old girl was missing from the group.

The fiscal added: “He became separated from his daughter and also noticed Mr Sanderson was not present at this time.

“He looked for her and eventually found her at the Regimental Museum in the company of Mr Sanderson.”

The fiscal also said Sanderson, who appeared in court from custody, was found in the company of a young girl during a church session in June last year.

Ms Kennedy said the pervert was a caught chatting to the girl, aged around seven years old, before he began dancing with her despite no music being played.

Sanderson picked the girl up and swung her round while she clamped her legs around his waist and placed her arms around his shoulders.

Witnesses saw Sanderson “spin the girl around a number of times and then put her down”.

Following his convictions being made public but that he continues to have a residence in the town.

Sheriff Cook sentenced Sanderson to a six-month jail sentence.

Sanderson admitted breaching his SOPO by speaking and communicating with an 11-year-old girl at Edinburgh Castle on September 14 last year.

He also pleaded guilty to breaching his SOPO by speaking and communicating with a seven-year-old girl at the church in Musselburgh on June 10 last year.

October 2018

North Berwick man accused of breaching sexual offenders prevention order

A North Berwick man has appeared in court in private accused of breaching a sexual offenders prevention order.

Gordon Sanderson appeared on petition at Edinburgh Sheriff Court last Friday facing three offences under the Sexual Offences Act 2003 Section 113.

Sanderson, whose address is only given as the North Berwick area, made no plea and was remanded in custody.

No date has been set as yet for the 60-year-old’s next court appearance

Sex offender in custody after approaching and tickling girls in North Berwick

A County sex offender has been remanded in custody after admitting approaching two young children.

Gordon Sanderson, prisoner of Edinburgh Prison, met up with two young girls and hugged and tickled them during several meetings over a nine-month period.

Sanderson, who the court heard had been placed on the sex offenders’ register in September last year, was under special conditions not to approach, speak to or communicate with children under the age of 16.

But the 58-year-old repeatedly approached and spoke to the 10-year-old and 12-year-old youngsters at various locations in North Berwick.

Sanderson also admitted to repeatedly attempting to gain entry to a woman’s home, loitering outside her home and staring into her property earlier this year. He also sent her uninvited social media requests and repeatedly undertook tasks for her without being asked to do so.

Sanderson appeared at Edinburgh Sheriff Court last Tuesday, where he was remanded in custody after admitting the charges against him.

He will be sentenced at the city court this coming Wednesday.

Sanderson pleaded guilty to repeatedly approaching, speaking to and communicating with two girls and repeatedly hugging and tickling them at various locations within North Berwick between September 10 last year and June 27.

He also admitted to causing a woman fear and alarm by attending a home in the town, repeatedly attempting to gain entry, loitering outside the home and staring into the property, sending uninvited social media requests and repeatedly carrying out tasks for the woman without being asked to do so between April 30 and June 15 this year.