Febuary 2003

Kirk minister guilty of sex assault

A Church of Scotland minister who tried to indecently assault a teenage boy was yesterday ordered to pay compensation to his victim

The Rev Ian Andrew failed in an attempt to withdraw his guilty plea when he appeared for sentencing at Stonehaven Sheriff Court.

Last October, Andrew of Musselburgh, East Lothian, was placed on the sex offenders’ register for five years after he admitted the offence, which happened on July 16 at the Hilton Craigendarroch Hotel, Ballater.

Sentence was deferred on the 38-year-old married father of two for good behaviour and to wait for the outcome of a church hearing into his conduct. He was ordered to pay his victim £200.The Reverend Ian Andrew was about to go for a swim when he spotted the 14- year-old, wrapped in just a towel, in the toilets, a court heard. 

He tried to fondle his private parts but the boy protested and ran to tell his parents. 

The married father of two could not explain his actions at the exclusive Craigendarroch Hotel leisure club in Ballater, Stonehaven Sheriff Court was told. 

Andrew, 37, who was minister at St Andrew’s in Musselburgh, East Lothian, was staying at a timeshare at the hotel with his wife and two daughters, aged 11 and eight, when the offence took place.