Victims of a man described as one of Scotland’s most dangerous paedophiles are campaigning to block his bid to be released from prison.
Sexual predator Andrew Fraser has applied for parole after serving six years of a 10-year jail sentence.
Fraser, from Annan, was locked up in 2017 after he admitted abusing 12 girls over a 25-year period.
One of his victims told the Dumfries and Galloway Standard: “I’m devastated that he’s even being considered for parole.
“I had to find out on social media because I wasn’t informed by the authorities.
“Fraser is a monster who should never be freed.
“I’ve had to try to rebuild my life as best as I can but this has just taken me right back and my mental health struggles have returned.
“I’m now having panic attacks and I feel unsafe.
“A group of us who are survivors of this case are joining together to spread the word to prevent his parole from going forward. We will try everything we can.”
Fraser, 70, gained the trust of parents in Annan so he could babysit some of his victims.
He then subjected them to sexual abuse and took pictures and videos of them naked. Fraser assaulted one child while she slept and forced another, aged under 10, to play with a sex toy.
His catalogue of abuse was uncovered when police found indecent photographs of youngsters on his computer.
Fraser had initially faced 55 charges but admitted 17 of them against 12 girls between 1991 and 2015, when he appeared at court in 2017.
After he was sentenced, Detective Inspector Robin Ferguson, of the public protection unit, said: “This is without doubt the largest sexual offences investigation involving one perpetrator that we have ever encountered in Dumfries and Galloway, possibly even Scotland.
“He can only be described as a dangerous sexual predator and the damage he has caused is incalculable.”
The victim added: “Fraser should never be free – just like we will never be free of what happened to us at a very young age.
“He robbed me of a childhood and what happened to me and the other survivors has had huge impacts on our mental health in a variety of ways including sleep, food and trust issues, anxiety and depression.
“Some have even sadly attempted to take their own lives. I was left with a feeling of shame at what he did to me.
“I’ve had to move away from the region to try to rebuild my life, but this has just taken me right back. I feel like I’ve been kicked in the teeth.”