May 2016

Lochgelly man jailed over child sex assaults

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A man who committed sex acts with two young boys was “driven by a sexual attraction to children”, a court heard.

Samuel McDonald – who admitted having unlawful sex with a 13-year-old and sexually assaulting a seven-year-old – was jailed for four and a half years at the High Court in Livingston.

Judge Lady Scott also imposed an extended sentence which means he will remain under supervision for two years after his release and his name will remain on the sex offenders’ register indefinitely.

The judge told McDonald, 21, from Lochgelly, Fife, that the licence conditions meant he would be returned to prison to serve the balance of his sentence if he re-offended.

Passing sentence, Lady Scott said McDonald had “groomed” the older child by communicating with him and buying him alcohol before making him take part in disgusting sex acts.

Lady Scott went on: “The second child was only seven years old. You were friends with his family and you grossly abused their trust.

“Your crimes are liable to leave your victims with long-term damage.

“The detailed background reports suggest you are driven by a sexual attraction to children. This course of conduct demonstrates this as does the information you volunteered.

“The report presents you at serious risk of sexual offending and I’m satisfied that, having regard to that reason, an extended sentence is necessary to protect the public from serious harm.”

The court heard earlier that accused had discussed online the “sexual activity” he had with the boy

The boy’s mother alerted the police after she found explicit Facebook messages between her son and the accused.

The boy later told police that ‘stuff had happened’ with an older person in a tunnel near Lochgelly.

He said McDonald had made a deal that he would give him an electronic cigarette if he carried out a sex act.

He admitted: “I recognise that this is a very complex case.”

McDonald admitted committing the offences against the older boy inside a tunnel between between December 2014 and March 2015.

He also admitted sexually assaulting the primary age youngster in the garage at his home on an occasion between February 22 2015 and May 9 2015.

April 2016

Samuel McDonald admits sex assaults on boys in Fife

A man has admitted having unlawful sex with a 13-year-old boy and sexually assaulting a seven-year-old boy in Fife.

Samuel McDonald, 21, pleaded guilty to engaging in unlawful sex with the 13-year-old boy and buying alcohol for him between December 2014 and March 2015.

He admitted sexually assaulting the seven-year-old on an occasion between 22 February 2015 and 9 May 2015.

McDonald, from Lochgelly, pleaded guilty at the High Court in Glasgow.

A mother alerted the police after she found explicit Facebook messages between her 13-year-old son and a man, the court heard.

McDonald discussed online the “sexual activity” he had had with a teenage boy that the boy’s mother then discovered.

The teenager later told officers that “stuff had happened” with an older person in a tunnel at Lochore in Fife.

And, that McDonald made a deal with him on one occasion that he would get an electronic cigarette from him if he carried out a sex act.

A seven-year-old boy was sexually assaulted by McDonald in the same area of Fife, and later told his mum about the incident.

Judge Lady Scott deferred sentence until next month at the High Court in Edinburgh and placed McDonald on the sex offenders’ register.