An Aberdeen man who sexually assaulted a seven-year-old girl at a party has avoided jail.
Kristopher Luke went into the girl’s bedroom and touched her in a moment of “insanity” on January 26.
His young victim had woken up to find Luke in her room and later alerted her parents to what had happened.
The 29-year-old appeared yesterday for sentencing having pled guilty to sexually assaulting the youngster.
Defence agent Mike Monro said: “The difficulty with Mr Luke is not his realising what he has done, the difficulty is his trying to comprehend why he did it.”
He said his client “will never be able to fathom” why he did what he did, and also apologised on his behalf.
Mr Monro added: “A few seconds of total madness and the effect is absolutely extreme to him and others.
“The matter was, very properly, picked up by local press and the accused’s face was made known to everyone on the front page of the paper.
“That’s the price he has to pay for 10-15 seconds of absolute madness.
“He is disgusted with his behaviour. He is disgusted with himself.
“It has had a profound effect upon his mental stability. It was a moment of insanity.”
Sheriff Jack Brown said: “You’ve pled guilty to a serious offence involving a young girl who was sexually assaulted.
“The public will generally want and, on one level, demand punishment for offences of this nature and it’s difficult sometimes for the public to understand that there’s a process that’s followed when considering sentence.
“You have accepted your responsibility from an early stage.
“Any level of sentence that I impose requires to be modified and reduced to reflect the fact you have pled guilty.
“While you acknowledge that you committed this offence, it may be in your mind that the appropriate thing is to go to prison and that may rest better with you than the order I’m going to impose.”
He sentenced Luke to three years of supervision with a requirement to undertake the Moving Forward, Making Changes programme, and also made him subject to the notification requirements of the Sexual Offences Act for the duration of the order.
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Luke, of Grandholm Court, Aberdeen, was further given 200 hours of unpaid work and a restriction of liberty order to remain at his home address between 7pm and 7am for four months.
During the last calling of the case, depute fiscal Jamie Dunbar told the court: “On the evening of January 26 2018 the complainer’s parents invited people, including the accused, to the locus for a party.
“Throughout the evening all the adults, with the exception of the parents, drank alcohol.”
The court was told that later in the evening the victim had fallen asleep and was put to her bed.
Mr Dunbar said Luke entered the bedroom and touched her.
The depute fiscal added: “The complainer saw the accused sat on her bed and asked what was going on.”
Shortly afterwards Luke left the room.
“The accused said he was not feeling well and left the locus,” Mr Dunbar added.
The next day the victim told her parents what Luke had done to her and they contacted the police.
Luke initially held a “no comment” interview with police when he was first arrested, but later confessed.