Ex-Fife cop faces lengthy jail sentence for sex abuse

Iain Reid is taken away from the court
Iain Reid is taken away from the court

A former police officer who preyed on young girls is facing a lengthy jail sentence.

A former police officer who preyed on young girls is facing a lengthy jail sentence.

Iain Reid targeted children as young as three while living in a police house in Buckhaven and later in his own home in Leven.

At Falkirk Sheriff Court he was branded a ‘‘chronic and persistent sexual predator’’ and was remanded in custody to return at the end of the month when he will be sentenced.

After a five-day trial, the jury of ten women and five men took two and a half hours to find Reid, guilty of three charges of lewd and libidinous conduct towards the victims when they were young girls -- one of the charges aggravated by abduction. The offences were committed over a 17 year period, between 1980 and 1997.

Allegations that Reid abused a fourth girl in 1999, and sexually assaulted a young mother in 1982, and abused a child in her early teens in his car at Methil Docks in the mid-1980s, were found not proven.

All the guilty verdicts were by majority.

One of his victims, who he abused over a period of five years, and who had to report her torment three times before he was prosecuted, was singled out for praise by the trial sheriff for her “fortitude” in bringing him to justice.

The court was told how Reid, now a 66-year old grandfather “engineered” opportunities to be alone with the children, enticing them into his house with sweets, a chance to pat his dog, or in the case of one young girl, offers of lettuce for her rabbit.

Deferring sentence for until October 27 for reports and remanding Reid in custody, Sheriff Craig Caldwell told the accuse he had faced a substantial prison sentence. He ordered his name be placed on the sex offenders’ register.

The sheriff said: “You have been found guilty of extremely serious charges, involving the persistent sexual abuse of very young children.

“It is clear that you are chronic and persistent sexual predator who abused his position as a police officer, although I recognise these offences were not committed actually on duty.

“It is all the more reprehensible that instead of accepting your responsibility for your conduct, you required these victims to re-live the abuse that you perpetrated on them.

“It is fortunate that these three have displayed commendable fortitude -- in particular the person who was subjected to the longest period of abuse -- in bringing this matter before the court and exposing you as the evil and base individual that you are.”

Defence solicitor-advocate Krista Johnston said she would reserve her speech in mitigation.

Reid showed no emotion as he was led to the cells.

After the verdict, a senior police officer paid tribute to the women who came forward and spoke out.

Detective Superintendent Pauline McCallum said: “Iain Reid, who was a former police officer with Fife Constabulary, has shown himself to be capable of horrific offences against woman and children.

“Police Scotland is committed to protecting our communities from people like Reid regardless of who they are and we will do everything in our power to bring such offenders to justice.

“I would like to pay testament to the courage of the victims of this case.

‘‘Without their bravery in coming forward and their willingness to give evidence, Reid may well have still been able to harm others.”