A convicted paedophile turned up to family sports events in a fake ambulance and dressed as a paramedic to offer first aid to kids.
Wayne Pearson, 67, has been convicted for the third time and was given a deferred sentence at Selkirk Sheriff Court, Scotland, for the latest incident.
He was in court last week after being caught at an orienteering race in Perthshire with participants as young as 10, reports the Daily Record.
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Pearson, who runs first aid company Coast Ambulance And Medical, is banned from working with under-18s after he was found to have downloaded sick child abuse images in 2016.
The brazen sex offender continues to drive old ambulances and even drove to his trial in a paramedic car.
A former friend said: “He drives about in these ambulances and can sometimes be seen parked up, drinking tea, like he’s a paramedic having a break.
“What would happen if someone took unwell and flagged him down? They’d have no idea he wasn’t the real thing. This man is a danger but keeps finding ways and loopholes to get access to work with children.”
He has a previous conviction for breaching the terms of his registration in 2020 by turning up at primary school events in Edinburgh and at a children’s cycling event in Perthshire. Pearson was fined £500.
He was back in court last week after police discovered he had carried out regulated work at another two events and was charged under the Protection of Vulnerable Groups Scotland Act 2007.
Pearson's lawyer Mark Harrower told Selkirk Sheriff Court that he could not have possibly known that children were participating when he accepted the bookings.
He was found guilty of agreeing and carrying out regulated work and breaching his registration by working at the orienteering event in September 2019.
Organiser Terence O’Brien, 64, said he hired Pearson by email and added: “He did not ask if children would be at the event. The assumption was he had previous experience of orienteering events and would be aware of the people involved as it was mostly families.”
Sheriff David Clapham said Pearson should have asked the question on the ages of people taking part. He deferred sentence for four months for good behaviour.
Pearson was found not guilty of breaching the act by attending a cycling event run in Peeblesshire in August 2021.
His lawyer pointed out that Pearson had an email from a similar event two years previous saying it was adults only and he assumed it was still the case.
But it transpired some 17-year-olds – who did not require treatment from Pearson – took part in the race.
It’s not illegal to drive or own a former ambulance but an offence would be committed if it was driven with the lights and sirens on.
Shadow justice secretary Jamie Greene said: “It’s deeply alarming a convicted paedophile could commit the same serious offence three times and still avoid a prison sentence.”
Detective Superintendent Louise Harvie, of the national sex offender policing unit, said: “Every offender is assessed and managed in line with the risk they present.
“While we can never completely eliminate risk, Multi-Agency Public Protection Arrangements partners use robust risk assessment processes and investigative tools to manage registered sex offenders, mitigate risk and protect the public.”
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