May 2021: William Lothian was found dead within HMP Edinburgh just four days after being jailed

May 2021

Pervert Scots football coach who assaulted young boys while they slept jailed for 45 months

A perverted football coach who gave boys alcohol and showed porn movies before sexually abusing them has been jailed for 45 months.

William Lothian indecently assaulted several young players – aged between 11 and 14 – while coach of a boys’ football club in Edinburgh.

Vile Lothian, 66, invited youngsters to stay over at his city home and preyed on them while they all slept in his bedroom.

One youngster was left so terrified after Lothian jumped into his bed and pressed his penis against him he fled in the middle of the night.

Seven victims, now in their 30s, gave evidence against Lothian during a five day trial at Edinburgh Sheriff Court in March. Lothian denied all 14 allegations against him but was found guilty by a jury of all charges.

The predator – known to the kids as Bill during his coaching days – was sentenced at Edinburgh Sheriff Court on Tuesday.

It emerged during sentencing that Lothian tried to commit suicide after giving evidence at his trial.

Sentencing him, Sheriff Chris Dickson said the seven victims had “loved football and built up a great team spirit”.

Sheriff Dickson said Lothian was “very clearly in a position of trust”, adding: “You exploited and grossly breached that trust.”

He said Lothian had “robbed them of their happy memories” and caused them “serious psychological harm”.

The sheriff added it was a “difficult if not impossible and lifelong” struggle for the survivors to cope with the abuse they suffered.

Sheriff Dickson said Lothian continued to deny his guilt despite “compelling evidence” from the victims.

The abuse took place between the late 90s and early 2000s.

The court heard that relatives of Lothian intended to visit him in prison.

The trial heard how Lothian regularly assaulted the children during weekly training sessions by grabbing their testicles and placing his finger near their anus.

The men told the jury there was regular “inappropriate touching” during training.

One man said the retired janitor would often “touch our private parts” and “sometimes put his finger up our bums in a joking manner”

He added the abuse became “a norm at training” and Lothian “made it out to be fun, like a game”.

Lothian invited two players to stay over at his home when they were between 10 and 12 and all three would drink beer and Bacardi in a converted attic.

One victim said: “We would then go down to his bedroom and lie on the floor. He would stick pornography on the TV and watch it.

“After watching the pornography he had his hands down my shorts. I was half asleep when he was doing this.”

The witness said Lothian touched his privates, and added: “We went to sleep and when we woke up it was as if nothing had happened.”

The man said he blocked the abuse out at the time, but “as the years have gone on it has had a big impact on me”.

He added looking back it made him feel “horrible and disgusted” and he now feels “ashamed”.

Another victim said he was abused during a stay at Lothian’s home when he was around 13. He said Lothian, of the capital’s Muirhouse, gave him beer to drink before climbing into bed and molesting him.

The man said: “I could feel his penis on my leg. His hand then travelled down towards my boxers.

“I shrugged him off and said ‘What are you doing?’ He said to me ‘It’s OK, don’t worry.

“I jumped out of bed and I just lay on the floor with a pillow. It was freezing cold and I fell asleep.”

He woke hours later and “sneaked out of the house” while it was still dark.

April 2021

Pervert Edinburgh football coach played porn movies to boozed-up boys before abusing them

A pervert football coach gave young boys alcohol and showed them pornographic movies before sexually abusing them at his Edinburgh home.

William Lothian, 66, indecently assaulted several young players – aged between 11 and 14 – while head coach of a boys’ football club in the capital between 1997 and 2003.

The predator, known to the boys at the time as Bill, invited several lads to stay over at his home where he gave them alcohol and preyed on them while they all slept in his bedroom.

One youngster was left so terrified after Lothian jumped into his bed and pressed his penis against him he was forced to flee the home in the middle of the night.

Lothian also regularly assaulted the children during weekly training sessions at a school hall by grabbing their testicles and placing his finger near their anus.

Seven victims, all now in their 30s, gave evidence against Lothian during a five day trial at Edinburgh Sheriff Court last week where they said he targeted them sexually.

The men told the jury there had been regular “inappropriate touching” during the weekly training sessions when the team practised at an Edinburgh school gym hall.

One man said the retired janitor would often “touch our private parts” and “sometimes put his finger up our bums in a joking manner”.

He added the abuse became “a norm at training” and that Lothian “made it out to be fun, like a game”.

Lothian also invited two players to stay over at his home when they were between 10 and 12 and all three would drink beer and Bacardi in a converted attic.

One victim said: “We would then go down to his bedroom and lie on the floor. He would stick pornography on the TV and watch it.

“Bill would lie in the middle of us on the floor and he would rub our nipples. The alcohol made us feel tired.

“After watching the pornography he had his hands down my shorts. I was half asleep when he was doing this.”

The witness said Lothian touched his privates, and added: “We went to sleep and when we woke up it was as if nothing had happened.”

The man said he blocked the abuse out at the time but “as the years have gone on it has had a big impact on me”.

He added looking back it made him feel “horrible and disgusted” and he now feels “ashamed”.

Another victim said he was abused during a stay at Lothian’s home following a Player of the Year presentation night when he was around 13.

He said Lothian, of the capital’s Muirhouse, gave him beer to drink before climbing into bed and molesting him.

The man said: “I could feel his penis on my leg. His hand then travelled down towards my boxers.

“I shrugged him off and said ‘What are you doing?’ He said to me ‘It’s OK, don’t worry.

“I jumped out of bed and I just lay on the floor with a pillow. It was freezing cold and I fell asleep.”

He woke hours later and “sneaked out of the house” while it was still dark.

Lothian denied all 14 allegations against him but was found guilty by a jury of all charges.

Sheriff Chris Dickson placed Lothian on the Sex Offenders’ Register and deferred sentence.