Trial date set for Borderer facing child sex charge in the US

Sarah McGill, a Borderer accused of statutory rape in the US.
Sarah McGill, a Borderer accused of statutory rape in the US.

A trial date has been set for a Borderer accused of statutory rape of a 14-year-old boy in the US.

Sarah McGill, 28, has pleaded not guilty to a charge of lewd and lascivious battery and now faces a jury trial beginning on Tuesday, September 11.

Her trial, to be heard by judge Marc Lubet, is listed to last three weeks. The former Selkirk High School pupil will be represented by attorney Donald Lykkebak.

It will be preceded by a pre-trial conference at Orange County Courthouse in Florida on Wednesday, August 29.

If convicted, she faces up to 15 years in jail.

McGill, originally from Selkirk but now living in Church Square in Galashiels, was arrested at a hotel in Orlando in April after allegedly having sex with the boy in return for £340 while working as a prostitute and going by the alias of Sophia Belle.

She was released from custody later that same month after agreeing to surrender her passport and pay a £760 bond.

She also agreed not to try to contact the child or advertise her services as an escort on the internet.