A pensioner yesterday admitted raping and sexually abusing a woman with learning difficulties at a home in Inverness-shire.
James Allan, 66, from Forres, Moray, also took indecent photographs of the 62-year-old woman, who is incapable of consenting to sex.
The High Court in Glasgow heard that first offender Allan preyed on his victim between October 1, 2011, and November 20, 2015, at her home.
He would visit her approximately once a week and phone her at 4pm to tell her he was coming to visit.
Prosecutor Gillian Ross said: “When he arrived at her home he went upstairs to the bedroom and either she would follow him up or he would tell her to go to the bedroom.”
The abuse was brought to the attention of the police after a support worker for the woman voiced concerns.
When police spoke to the victim she told them she felt sick and dirty at what the accused did to her.
The court was told she is terrified he will return and suffers from flashbacks about the abuse. She also has nightmares and wakes up thinking he is in bed with her.
Ms Ross added: “Every day at 4pm she gets anxious as this is typically the time the accused would telephone her to say he was going to visit.”
The court heard that Allan knew the woman had learning difficulties and had described her to his partner as “no right and had no one looking after her”.
Judge Lord Burns remanded Allan in custody and deferred sentence until next month.
He placed him on the sex offenders’ register.
Defence QC Shelagh McCall will give her plea in mitigation then.
Detective Inspector Donald MacDonald said: “James Allan preyed upon a vulnerable woman and took advantage of her for his own depraved sexual gratification.
“I want to commend the woman’s courage in coming forward to report his despicable actions. Her bravery in coming forward has resulted in James Allan being convicted and being held accountable for his vile actions.
“We will continue to investigate all reports of sexual abuse thoroughly, no matter when the offence happened or who committed such unforgivable acts. Anyone who has been subjected to abuse should feel confident in coming forward, that we will believe you and will thoroughly investigate.”