A serial sex attacker who preys on young girls is behind bars again after assaulting an 11-year-old in Paisley.
Christopher Murphy, 33, was caged for two years in April 2017 for stalking a seven-year-old girl in the town.
He was previously deemed such a danger to children he was placed on the Sex Offenders’ Register for ten years.
On Wednesday, he targeted the traumatised 11-year-old shortly after being released from jail.
Murphy - who is also the subject of a strict Sexual Offences Prevention Order (SOPO) designed to protect the public - prowled outside a sandwich shop while the youngster was inside with a pal.
When the children left the shop he approached them in the street and, without speaking to them, looked them up and down before sexually assaulting one of them.
Murphy, of Belmont Road, Paisley, appeared in the dock at Paisley Sheriff Court on Thursday.
He pleaded guilty to both charges he faced - breaking his SOPO by approaching children under the age of 16 and sexually assaulting his victim by groping her private parts over her clothing.
Procurator Fiscal Depute Claire Rowan told the court the attack took place in Clarence Street around 3pm on Wednesday.
This happened after the girls had been in the Subway sandwich shop in Glasgow Road.
Ms Rowan explained: “They saw a male of heavy build, short, dark hair, wearing a grey hoody and carrying a carrier bag. This was the now accused.
“He was seen pacing backwards and forwards in front of the shop window.
“They saw him heading west along Glasgow Road in the direction of Crossflat Crescent.
“The girls left the store and went left onto Clarence Street, in the direction of Ladyburn Street.
“They saw the accused walking towards them. He came within touching distance.
“The accused did not engage with either of the girls and walked passed them, looking them up and down.
“He then placed his right hand on to the groin area of one of the girls, with his thumb at her zip, clasped his hand round her and squeezed.”
A car then parked nearby and Murphy walked off briskly, leaving his victim “deeply upset.”
She told one of the passengers of the car what had happened and they flagged down police officers.
The cops spoke to the youngster, noting that she was “upset and shaking”, and were able to identify Murphy from CCTV footage and trace him to his home.
Sheriff Seith Ireland was told Murphy was “deeply ashamed” of his actions and “can offer no good explanation for his conduct.”
The judge then called for background reports to be prepared ahead of sentencing, adjourned the case until next month for that to be done.
As Murphy was remanded in custody, Sheriff Ireland said: “This was a serious sexual assault on a child.”
In 2016 Murphy stalked a seven-year-old girl, who was with her gran, just a few days before Christmas. He first spotted them at Paisley Gilmour Street train station and followed them to the town’s Forbes Place, via Paisley Abbey.
The worried gran managed to alert a passing police officer, leading to his arrest. He was jailed for two years in April 2017 for this offence.
In 2012 he attacked a nine-year old as her shocked mum looked on.
He pinned the youngster against a wall and placed his hands between her legs before her mum ran at him, grabbed hold of his clothing and tried to stop him from fleeing.
But he managed to wriggle free, leaving his jacket at the scene and leading police straight to him.
He was jailed for 16 months, placed on the Sex Offenders’ Register for ten years and given a three-year extended sentence to prevent him from offending further for that attack.
In 2009 he pounced on a 14-year-old while she was out jogging. He was was placed on probation for three years for the 2009 attack.
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