Rapist jailed for 11 years for attacks on vulnerable young people

A rapist who manipulated and exploited vulnerable people he met through online chat sites has been jailed for 11 years.

Thirty-five-year-old Scott Hanlon – also known as Lannister – from Stirling degraded and abused his young victims after they accepted his offer to live at his flat.

Hanlon repeatedly subjected his victims to serious physical and sexual assaults, including rape. He compelled them to wear dog masks and collars, took their money and kept them locked up.

Prosecutors from COPFS (Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service) were able to demonstrate that both victims suffered a course of abusive, controlling behaviour which left them terrified of Hanlon.

A jury heard that one was a vulnerable teenager when subjected to physical and sexual violence by Hanlon. One suffered a debilitating medical condition and was unable to defend themselves from the attacks.

At the High Court in Edinburgh today (12 April), Hanlon was sentenced to 11 years imprisonment. He was also given a lifetime Non-Harassment Order, preventing him approaching or contacting his victims, and placed on the Sex Offenders' Register indefinitely.

National Procurator Fiscal for High Court Sexual Offences, Fraser Gibson, said Hanlon’s victims had suffered terribly at the hands of someone they trusted.

He said: “Scott Hanlon manipulated vulnerable people – much younger than himself – for his own depraved ends.

“The victims endured appalling ordeals while being controlled and manipulated. It has taken great bravery on their part to speak out against him and report the crimes.

“We hope today’s sentence offers them some degree of comfort as they attempt to move on in their lives.

“We urge any victim of similar offending to come forward, report it and seek help. You will be taken seriously, and we will use all the tools available to us to pursue justice on your behalf.”