A 68-YEAR-OLD pensioner who offered a teenager cash in exchange for sexual acts has been placed under supervision.

The 18-year-old girl had been doing odd jobs for Robert Rollo as a way to earn some extra money.

However, one day when she had gone to help, she was offered £40 for a “play around”.

Appearing for sentencing at Dunfermline Sheriff Court on Wednesday, Rollo, now of Letham Fues Park, Cupar Road, near Lundin Links, had previously admitted that on June 27, at his then home in Dunfermline and during the course of a journey to Cowdenbeath, he intentionally directed a sexual verbal communication at a woman when he repeatedly offered her money in exchange for sexual acts.

Depute fiscal Louise Graham said the teenager was doing jobs such as washing the car and cutting grass and an arrangement had been made where Rollo would drive from his house and pick her up and return her after she had carried out the jobs.

“On the date in question, the accused picked up the complainer from her home and took her to his address,” said Ms Graham.

“Whilst at the locus, the accused said to the complainer: ‘I have got £40 if you want it for a play around.’ The complainer was of the impression that this meant sex and she declined it and said no.”

At the end of the car journey home, Rollo told the woman “remember, that £40 is still on the table.”

Solicitor Ian Beatson said his client was “absolutely disgusted” with his behaviour.

“She came to do some odd jobs and had said there must be an easier way of making money than that,” he told the court. “He completely misinterpreted this. Thereafter he offered her money and then repeated that.

“He very much regrets the incident. It is out of character for him. He has asked me to apologise to the court and to the complainer for his conduct. He appreciates the distress he caused.”

Sheriff Craig McSherry placed Rollo on a community payback with supervision for six months and will be on the sex offenders’ register until its completion.