A sick pervert raped an 11-year-old schoolgirl in his car after grooming her with stomach-churning messages.
36-year-old Ross Muir from Edinburgh attacked his child victim in the capitals Wester Hailes area after luring her into his parked car in October 2015.
Despite denying rape he was found guilty at his High Court trial after his victim, now 13, made an emotional plea via video-link.
Police investigating the sick crime told how they found the girl in a distressed state and Muirs DNA was found on her body and clothing.
The brave victim then picked the beast out in an ID parade before plucking up the courage to nail her attacker in court.
The deviant from Musselburgh in East Lothian has been remanded in custody while awaiting his sentence, after it was also revealed he had previously bombarded the Primary 7 girl with texts of an obscene nature.
Police and court prosecutors praised the young victims courage and bravery.
Detective Martin MacLean said: “This was a harrowing incident for the young victim, the effects of which are likely to be borne by her for the rest of her life.
“I would like to commend her courage in coming forward and in giving evidence against Muir which has helped to secure this conviction.
“This was a painstaking investigation which secured damning forensic evidence against Muir and highlights the dangers present with modern communications technology.”