The local MSP was quick to dismiss rumours regarding ‘Da Vinci rapist’ Robert Greens, after crowds gathered in Pathhead last week.
Midlothian Council would not reveal where in the county Greens will be re-housed when he is released from prison, which is expected to be next month.
Greens was jailed in 2006 for raping and battering a 19-year old Dutch student near Rosslyn Chapel.
Rumours had been widespread last week that when he is released shortly he would be moving into a house in Preston Place, Pathhead. With around 100 locals gathering there last Wednesday evening to protest.
Talk of six foot high fences, reinforced windows and a panic room being built at the property spread quickly on social media.
However, Midlothian North MSP Colin Beattie (SNP)clarified with Midlothian Council that Greens is not moving into the property, but that a local family will be in the very near future.
Mr Beattie said: “I am glad to be able to put people’s minds at rest. Many concerned residents had rightly contacted me and I had to take action to seek answers.
“When I met with Pathhead residents, the strength of feeling clearly indicated that Greens would not be welcome.
“If he had been moved into this property – with families with young children on either side – it would have been a disaster waiting to happen.
“I raised this urgently with the council and I can confirm to residents that a local family will be moved into this property.
“The rumour mill had clearly got out of hand but we can be reassured now that, wherever Greens is re-housed, it won’t be in Pathhead.”
A Multi Agency Public Protection Arrangements (MAPPA) spokesperson said: “There is no person on home leave within accommodation at Preston Place, Pathhead and there is no intention at this time to place such a person at this location.”
Greens (38), was dubbed the Da Vinci rapist as his brutal attack on the Dutch student happened near Rosslyn Chapel, which features in Dan Brown’s best-selling thriller.
He was freed from prison in 2012 under the automatic early release system, and faced a crowd of angry protesters outside his cottage near Bonnyrigg. The following year he was returned to prison after he broke one of the conditions of his release by visiting Penicuik, where his former wife lived.