Dalkeith offences: Man sentenced for sexual offences committed against children over a 33-year-period

Raymond Oldham - jailed for 10 years for sexual offences against children over a 33-year period
Raymond Oldham - jailed for 10 years for sexual offences against children over a 33-year period

A man who sexually abused children between 1983 and 2016 was today (Wednesday) jailed for 10 years at the High Court in Edinburgh.

Raymond Oldham (51) pled guilty to six charges of sexual abuse at the High Court in Glasgow on October 3, which included offences of rape and sexual assault.

The offences took place against five boys and one girl, then aged between 8 and 13-years-old in the Fife and the Lothians, including in Dalkeith.

Officers began to investigate Oldham in 2016, after he was caught with an indecent image of a child on his mobile phone. He was subsequently arrested and charged in July 2017.

Detective Sergeant Graeme Dursley of Police Scotland’s Public Protection Unit said: “Oldham targeted vulnerable young people and abused a position of trust he held with them.

“He is a prolific offender who committed the most disgraceful crimes. It is thanks to the courage of the victims that Oldham will now face the consequences of his actions.

“We welcome the sentencing today and hope that the victims can take some comfort knowing Oldham will spend a considerable amount of time in prison.

“Police Scotland is wholly committed to tackling all cases of child abuse, regardless of when the crimes occurred, and will continue to work alongside partners at the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service in order to bring offenders to justice.”

If you have concerns or information about child abuse then these can be reported to Police Scotland on 101 or anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.