A teenage schoolboy abused and raped a younger girl at addresses in Edinburgh and the Scottish Borders.
George Balfour, now 21, attacked his victim at houses in the city’s Wester Hailes area and in Hawick.
The offending began when Balfour was aged 13 and his child victim was nine years old and continued until he was 16.
Balfour, of Myreslaw Green, in Hawick, had denied the sexual offending against the girl during a trial at the High Court in Edinburgh, but was convicted of the offence on a majority verdict of the jury.
He was found guilty of assaulting his victim on various occasions between June 2015 and February 2018 and raping her.
The court heard that Balfour was a first offender who had been on bail since he made an initial appearance at a sheriff court in 2021.
The trial judge, Lord Summers, called for the preparation of a background report on him ahead of sentencing.
Lord Summers told jurors that it was a trial which had featured “distressing” evidence.
Balfour is due to be sentenced at the High Court, sitting in Aberdeen, on November 14.
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