A TRANENT pensioner is facing a custodial sentence after admitting sexually touching a young girl.

Gavin Gouldie repeatedly kissed the schoolgirl on the mouth and touched her sexually during various incidents in the 1980s.

Gouldie, of Fa’side Crescent, also rubbed his groin up against the girl, who was just 12 when the abuse began.

The 70-year-old pleaded guilty to one charge during an appearance at Edinburgh Sheriff Court last Tuesday.

Gouldie admitted compelling the youngster to touch him sexually and to simulating sex with the girl.

The incidents are said to have taken place at Gouldie’s home address between March 18, 1981, and March 17, 1985.

Allegations of supplying the girl with alcohol and to another sex act taking place were dropped by the Crown.

Gouldie, who has been placed on the sex offenders’ register for a period still to be determined, will now return to court for full sentencing on July 25.