November 2018

Serial sex offender snared after police probe into Glasgow children’s home

Alistair Findlay was cleared of abuse at a children’s home in the 1980s but convicted decades laterA serial sex offender faces a life sentence after a high-profile probe into abuse at a former children’s home.

Alistair Findlay preyed on the vulnerable youngsters in the 1970s and 80s.

Findlay worked at the time at Park Lodge Children’s Home then in Glasgow’s Newlands.

He was initially prosecuted – and then cleared – in 1984 following allegations made by residents.

But, last year, police launched a fresh investigation into abuse claims at the former Glasgow City Council home that shut in 2008.

It resulted in Findlay being hauled into the dock as victims recalled harrowing ordeals at his hands.

The 59-year-old denied the accusations – even insisting claims had been made as “revenge” for him previously being acquitted.

But, he was found guilty of seven sex charges following a trial at the High Court in Glasgow.

These included separate attacks on a girl not from the home and a boy he was teaching to swim.

After the verdict, jurors were then told of Findlay’s horrendous list of sex offences.

He was jailed for six years in 1999 for trying to lure a 10 year-old girl into a paedophile ring.

Other crimes included being locked up again for three years in 2004 for having indecent images of children.

He was last jailed for two years in 2016 for abusing boys during swimming lessons.

Lord Matthews ordered a full risk assessment be carried on Findlay before sentencing next February.

This could lead to the pervert being hit with an Order for Lifelong Restriction.

A trial heard how Findlay targeted two girls and a boy at the care home.

He told the trial that one of the female victims may have been “festering resentment” after he was cleared in the 1980s.

Findlay insisted the other girl had been “put up” to making up accusations about him.

He even claimed she had once told him the allegations were false.

But, prosecutor David Taylor put to him: “The obvious explanation these people have come forward in their evidence is because its true.”

Findlay moaned: “The police spent hundreds of thousands of pounds trawling for people.

“The case was high publicity.”

Mr Taylor then said: “So, on the back of this investigation and the publicity, these people have come forward and got it completely wrong?”

Findlay: “It was one (victim) who went to police. The police approached the rest.”

He added “revenge was a good motive”.

The advocate depute went on: “The motive for them coming forward was to tell the truth.

“You are the one telling lies about the abuse of these children.”

Findlay: “I did not abuse any of them.”

Prosecutors went on to brand his claims as “simply incredible”.

Findlay was further found guilty of preying on a boy at swimming lessons in Glasgow’s Shawlands.

This victim recalled being abused by a coach called Alistair – but Findlay denied that was him.

Jurors heard he also attacked a young girl in the city’s southside.

The crimes Findlay was convicted of spanned between 1976 and 1983.

He was found guilty of two charges of lewd and libidinous conduct against the girls at Park Lodge.

Findlay was convicted of the same crime as well as sexual assault against the boy at the home.

He was guilty of those two charges involving the boy at the swimming pool.

The sex attacker was finally convicted of lewd and libidinous conduct against the other girl.

Findlay was remanded in custody pending sentencing.

Update: On 18th January 2017 at Glasgow Sheriff Court, Alistair Findlay was sentenced to two years in jail and ordered to sign the Sex Offenders Register for ten years.

December 2016

Paedophile swimming teacher abused two schoolboys in 1980s

A paedophile has been brought to justice for abusing two schoolboys while working as a swimming instructor in the 1980s.

Alistair Findlay, 57, preyed on the boys in the early 1980s in Shawlands, Glasgow, but was only convicted of these crimes after police received an anonymous letter in December 2015 making allegations against him.

This led to two men giving evidence, detailing the abuse they suffered at his hands when he was their swimming coach.

One victim branded him a “scumbag” and told the jury he would “never forgot” what happened to him.

After a trial at Glasgow Sheriff Court, Findlay was convicted of two charges of using lewd and libidinous practices towards the two boys between January 1981 and December 1982 in Glasgow’s south side

Findlay, who was jailed for six years in 1999 after trying to source a child for sex, already has a string of convictions spanning 25 years.

Both men, now 46, described to the jury how Findlay, then a man in his early 20s, abused his power to carry out the sex attacks.

His first victim pointed him out in court and was asked if he was remembering the correct person.  He looked at his abuser and told the jury: “I’m 100% sure, I have made no mistake.

“There is no confusion in my head, no mistake on who was involved. Only one was involved. It’s as clear as day, I never forgot it.

“The only one that was involved was him, it was that man there, you scumbag.”

The 46-year-old described how Findlay told him he would take him home from swimming lessons before abusing him in his car.

The second victim could not point out Findlay in court given the length of time since he last saw him but gave evidence that a man in his early 20s by the same name, who was a swimming coach and drove a red Triumph Dolomite, was his attacker.

In evidence, the court heard DVLA records confirmed Findlay was the registered keeper of the same type of car during that time.

The man told how he swore at Findlay during a swimming lesson one evening which the instructor left hanging over him for weeks.

He then said weeks later Findlay asked him if he wanted to see “dirty books” and to tell his parents they were going for chips after a lesson.

The witness said: “He didn’t drive to the chip shop on Victoria Road, we drove to Cuthbertson Street.”

Jurors heard Findlay showed the schoolboy a pornographic magazine and touched him, before taking him home. 

Findlay told the boy: “Don’t tell your mum and dad what happened.”

He was jailed for six years in 1999 after two prostitutes reported him to the police for asking them to find a child for him to sexually abuse.

At the High Court, he was ordered to be supervised for a further six years on his release. He was released on parole in 2004 but returned to prison a month later when an internet cafe owner saw him looking at child abuse images online.

Findlay was released again on April 1, 2011, and made subject to an order which banned him from owning any electrical equipment that allowed him access to the internet.

He was arrested hours later after buying the internet-enabled mobile phone at Asda in Govan.

Findlay has other convictions from 2012, 2014 and 2015 for breaching a sexual offences prevention order.

Sheriff Joseph Platt called for reports and remanded Findlay in custody until next month when he will be sentenced.

September 2012

Sex offender phoned prostitutes week after being released from jail

A sex offender breached a court order by phoning prostitutes a week after being released from prison.

Alistair Findlay was jailed last year for breaching another order that banned him from using the internet by buying a mobile phone at an Asda supermarket on the day of his release from prison for sex offences.

This year, on the day of his release from jail for that offence, Findlay phone three prostitutes whose numbers he had seen advertised in a tabloid publication.

Findlay, who was on early released at the time, pled guilty last month at Glasgow Sheriff Court to breaching the order on January 8.

On Monday he was jailed for two and a half years for the offence and he had an 11 month supervision order placed on him for when he is released from prison.

The court was told previously that the 53-year-old had the order imposed on him in May 2011, which prohibited him from contacting or communicating in any way with any person known to be a prostitute.

Numbers were found in Findlay’s mobile phone and telephoned by police, who found the women who answered offered sexual services for money.

Findlay, a former member of Queen’s Park Baptist Church, Glasgow, who took first aid and swimming classes and was also involved with the local youth club, was jailed for six years in 1999 after looking for a child to sexually abuse.

He was arrested after two prostitutes reported him to the police for asking them to find a child for him to sexually abuse.

Findlay was then released from prison on parole in 2004 but was back in jail a month later when an internet cafe owner saw him looking at child abuse images online.

He returned to prison, but was released on April 1, 2011, before he was arrested for breaching a sexual offences order granted that day by purchasing the mobile phone at the Asda in the Govan area of Glasgow.

December 2011

Sex offender Alistair Findlay jailed over web breach

A sex offender has been returned to prison for breaching an internet ban hours after being released from jail.

Alistair Findlay, 52, was jailed for 18 months for buying an internet enabled mobile phone in Glasgow on 1 April.

Glasgow Sheriff Court heard how he was freed from a previous sentence that day but made subject to an interim sexual offences prevention order.

Findlay was jailed for six years in 1999 after being caught trying to procure a child for sex.

He was arrested for this offence after an elaborate scheme involving two prostitutes.

They reported him to police after Findlay asked them to get him a child for sex after hearing she had been sexually abused.

He was jailed at the High Court in Glasgow and ordered to be supervised on his release for a further six years.

Findlay was released on parole in 2004 but returned to prison a month later when an internet cafe owner saw him looking at child abuse images online.

He was released again on 1 April this year and made subject to an order which banned him from owning any electrical equipment that allowed himaccess to the internet.

Findlay was arrested hours later after buying the internet-enabled mobile phone at Asda’s Govan store.

December 1999

Sex offender faces double sentence 12 years threat for failure to accept guilt

A CONVICTED sex offender was yesterday threatened with an extra six years in jail if he continued to show no remorse for trying to lure a 10-year-old girl into a paedophile ring.

Alistair Findlay, 40, was jailed for six years at the High Court in Paisley, but was warned that he could serve a further six years if he failed to face up to his guilt. The extended sentence was welcomed by children’s groups.

Findlay, a former member of Queen’s Park Baptist Church, Glasgow, who took first aid and swimming classes and was also involved with the local youth club, had previous convictions for sex offences.

The divorcee, of Camphill Avenue, Langside, was arrested after an elaborate scheme involving two prostitutes who reported him to the police because they felt nothing but loathing for his sordid activities.

During a lengthy telephone conversation, which was recorded by an undercover officer posing as a prostitute, he haggled over the price of being introduced to the young girl and how much it would cost for he and four friends to have sex with her.Lord Bonomy said the purpose of the extended sentence was to protect the public because there was a danger that Findlay ”posed a serious threat of continued harm”.