A man who raped two women and sexually assaulted a four-year-old girl has been jailed for seven years.
David Cox told one of the victims that he had a “god given right” to rape her during one of the attacks.
The 70-year-old former oil industry employee committed the offences between 1983 and 2013 at addresses in Banchory, Aberdeenshire.
He preyed on the young girl when she was between the ages of four and six.
A judge told Cox at the High Court in Edinburgh that custody was “the only appropriate disposal” due to the serious nature of the offences.
Cox denied a series of offences but was found guilty of three rape charges and a further crime of indecent conduct towards a child at his trial.
Judge Alison Stirling told Cox, who watched the sentencing proceedings via a video link to prison, that he would be placed on the sex offenders’ register indefinitely.
The judge said one adult victim described Cox forcing himself on her “telling her it was your God given right to have sex with her”.
A second woman was subjected to repeated sex attacks and said he was too strong for her to stop him physically.
The court heard that Cox was employed in the oil and gas industry both in the UK and abroad during his working life.
Defence counsel Drew Mckenzie said: “He maintains his innocence and will do so until his dying breath.”
He added that Cox did recognise that these kinds of offences were serious and did cause serious harm.
Mr Mckenzie said Cox had previously undertaken a course of anger management which he had described as being helpful.