April 2003

Sex abuse pool attendant jailed

A former school swimming pool attendant has been jailed for six years for sexually abusing two young girls.

Clive Hunt, 58, from Livingston, was found guilty of three charges of indecent behaviour committed 20 years ago.

The High Court in Edinburgh heard how one of his victims, who was only five-years-old when the abuse started, reported him to the authorities when she was 13-years-old.

It then took 16 years for the case to be brought to court after a former childhood friend of the girl also made a complaint against Hunt.

One victim, now aged 29, told an earlier trial how Hunt went into the showers and asked her to take off her swimming costume.

Victim threatened

She said he also abused her on nature walks, threatening to kill her pet dog if she told anyone what was happening.

The crimes were committed at houses in West Lothian and at schools where Hunt used to work.

Judge Lady Cosgrove had called for background reports after a jury found Hunt guilty of three charges of indecent behaviour.

He returned to court on Wednesday and was sentenced to six years in prison.

One victim told the court: “I used to be interested in wildlife. He used to show me frogs and wee animals and things like that. He would sort of use these things.

“He threatened to kill my mum and my dog if I told my mum.”

The second victim was abused by Hunt at houses in Livingston over a period of nearly five years from when she was aged seven.