James Kerr convicted for serious sexual offences - Fife

Published 15 November 2019

A man responsible for sexually abusing children and committing violent assaults towards women in Fife has been convicted.

James Kerr

James Whitton Kerr, 41, pled guilty to seriously sexually assaulting three children and seriously assaulting two women at Glasgow High Court today, Friday 15 November, 2019.

Kerr committed the abuse against the children, then aged between 8 and 16 years old, at various addresses in Dunfermline, Fife, between 1991 and 2015. He also violently assaulted two women, in Fife between 1998 and 2019.

Detectives from Police Scotland’s Public Protection Unit in Fife began an investigation into Kerr after a woman came forward to report the non-recent sexual abuse Kerr had subjected her to. He was subsequently arrested and charged on 6 June, 2019.

Detective Constable Karen Nairn from Fife’s Public Protection Unit said: “James Kerr is a dangerous and predatory individual who subjected these children to horrific levels of sexual abuse and also subjected two women to serious physical violence.

“I would like to commend the victims who bravely came forward and assisted the police. His guilty plea is testament to the evidence they provided and the investigative work carried out by officers in the Public Protection Unit.

“We treat all reports of sexual crime – no matter when the offence happened – with the utmost professionalism and sensitivity to bring perpetrators of such crimes to justice. Anyone who has been subjected to abuse should feel confident in coming forward, that we will believe you and will thoroughly investigate.”


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