An Aberdeenshire skip worker has been put on the sex offenders register after he admitted indecently assaulting a teenager and two women.
Aberdeen Sheriff Court heard yesterday how Derek Stewart preyed on his victims at various locations over eight months.
Fiscal depute Lynzi Souter said his first victim, who was just 15 at the time, was targeted at Highland Cuisine Agricultural Centre in Inverurie.
She said the 51-year-old had been at the cafe when he saw the girl.
She said at Stewart started to follow her before he tried to engage her in conversation. The court heard Stewart started saying things of a sexual nature before telling the teen to bend over.
Mrs Souter said Stewart made comments to the girl about throwing coins down her blouse so that he could retrieve them.
She said the girl was extremely distressed.
The court heard Stewart sexually assaulted another of his victims when he was at his work at Inverurie Skip Hire, Meikle Wartle.
On this occasion he touched a woman on her body close to her breasts.
His last victim was targeted at the Drum Inn Garage in Meikle Wartle.
Mrs Souter said he followed the woman around the shop before slapping her several times on the bottom. The fiscal depute said Stewart’s actions had made all of his victims feel uncomfortable as the attacks had been in public.
Representing Stewart, of 18 Simpson Crescent, Rothienorman, solicitor Tony Burgess said his client was being questioned by police in relation to other matters when he made “full and frank” admissions to these charges.
He said at the time Stewart believed his actions were nothing other than “foolish” but now accepted that he “went too far”.
Sheriff Graeme Napier deferred sentence for reports and for Stewart to be assessed for a restriction of liberty order.
He will return to court on December 30.