Child rapist convicted after decades of sex abuse

Bryan Grimes. Picture: Police Scotland
Bryan Grimes. Picture: Police Scotland

A man who abused children between 1975 and 2017 has today, Wednesday 14 November, been convicted.

At the High Court in Livingston, Bryan Grimes was convicted of nine offences which included physical and sexual assault, and rape.

The 58-year-old was found guilty of the offences which took places against boys and girls under the age of 16 in the Anstruther, Methil, Leven, and Cumnock areas.

In October 2017, officers from the Public Protection Unit based in Fife began enquiries into Grimes, and thereafter specialist officers from Police Scotland’s National Child Abuse Investigation Unit continued the investigation.

Grimes was subsequently arrested and charged in January 2018.

Detective Inspector Mark Petrie from the National Child Abuse Investigation Unit said: “Grimes committed the most appalling crimes against young people who trusted him.

“He has shown no remorse for his actions and subjected the victims to the distress of a trial process.

“The horrifying acts he inflicted upon the victims will undoubtedly affect them for the rest of their lives and supporting them remains our priority.

“I want to thank the victims for their bravery and courage to come forward and assist us with our inquiries – it is thanks to them that Grimes will now face the consequences of his actions and I sincerely hope they can begin to put the ordeal behind them.

“Police Scotland will always investigate any reports of child abuse, no matter how long ago the crimes occurred, and we will work tirelessly to ensure those responsible are brought to justice.”

Grimes will be sentenced at a later date.

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