A MAN has appeared in court to deny flashing at teenage girls at two different schools on the same day.

John Paul McCormick, 61, is said to have targeted youngsters at Castlehead High and Paisley Grammar School.

He is also accused of flashing at youngsters in Paisley and Glasgow on another occasion and being in possession of drugs.

McCormick faces a total of 10 charges and pleaded not guilty when he made his first public appearance in connection with the case at Paisley Sheriff Court.

He is alleged to have exposed himself to two girls, aged 13 and 14, at Castlehead High on September 3 last year.

It is further claimed that, at Paisley Grammar on the same day, he exposed himself to five different girls, aged 14 and 15.

McCormick also faces a charge of exposing himself to a woman in Old Sneddon Street, Paisley, on November 9 last year.

And he faces a charge that he behaved in a disorderly way which placed two teenage girls in a state of fear and alarm at Buchanan bus station, in Glasgow, on November 10 last year by staring at them, following them and repeatedly trying to engage them in conversation, thereby committing a breach of the peace.

The final charge against McCormick states he was in possession of cannabis on that day.

Sheriff Seith Ireland was told McCormick had suffered from mental health problems in the past and his solicitors were looking into his difficulties, to see if that could shed any light on the alleged offences.

He then adjourned the case until later this month for a further pre-trial hearing to take place, in the hope a psychiatric report will have been compiled by then.

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