Four years for ex-cop who abused girls

Iain Reid (picture by Central Scotland News Agency)
Iain Reid (picture by Central Scotland News Agency)

A former policeman, who sexually abused primary school girls in Levenmouth during his time as a serving officer, was jailed today (Wednesday) for four years and four months.

Iain Reid, now 66, who spent over 20 years in Fife Constabulary, rising from local policeman to detective constable, targeted three girls aged six to 12 while living in a police house in Buckhaven, and later in Leven.

Sheriff Craig Caldwell said he broke the trust placed in him as community policeman to carry out “protracted, sustained, and systematic” abuse of the girls, whom he “enticed” into his home.

He said the girls, now all “successful women”, were “scarred” by what Reid did.

He told Reid: “I may say it’s a testament to their character and fortitude that they were able to confront you with their evidence of your cynical abuse.

“No-one could but be impressed by the quiet dignity and candour with which each of them spoke of your conduct.

“Nonetheless, despite the fortitude they now display, and the successful women that they now are, they clearly continue to bear the scars of your conduct.”

After a five-day trial last month, a jury of 10 women and five men at Falkirk Sheriff Court found Reid guilty of three charges of lewd and libidinous conduct – one of the charges aggravated by abduction – over a 17-year period between 1980 and 1997.

Sheriff Caldwell said it had “not been difficult” for the jury to dismiss Reid’s defence, which was that the charges were the result of conspiracy and fabrication between the witnesses.

He added: “Indeed it wouldn’t be difficult for anyone who heard the evidence to dismiss the account which you put forward. You abused the trust which was reposed in you by the community, taking into account that this abuse was carried out while you were a community police officer.”

Solicitor-advocate Krista Johnston, defending, said Reid was now a sick man, with depression and heart trouble.

Reid, who was also placed on the sex offenders’ register indefinitely, showed no emotion as he was led away.