February 2019

Paedophile, 75, convicted of historic abuse committed while he lived in Aberdeenshire

A 75-year-old paedophile has been convicted of sexually abusing a child 25 years ago.

Serial child abuser William McIntosh denied sexually assaulting the boy, who was a teenager at the time, and forced his victim to relive his ordeal in the witness box.

A jury at the High Court in Livingston took just over an hour to convict McIntosh of the crime against the youngster, which was the historic equivalent of rape.

The court heard that the accused befriended the youngster when he lived near Aberdeen.

On an occasion between June and October 1993 the teenager’s parents allowed him to stay over with the accused at the Rob Roy caravan park in Peterculter, Aberdeenshire, to help him carry out deliveries the following day.

McIntosh plied the youngster with alcohol and induced him to look at pornographic magazines before indecently assaulting him and forcing him to perform a sex act, the jury was told.

The prosecution led corroborating evidence that McIntosh, of Tomintoul, Ballindalloch, had abused a 10-year-old boy in the same caravan between October 1991 and July 1992.

The paedophile, who will be sentenced later, is already on the sex offenders’ register for life.

He has convictions dating back to 1980 when he held a 12-year-old boy in a shop and indecently assaulted him.

After being jailed at Peterhead Sheriff Court for 30 months he re-offended in 1987 and 1990.

He earned an eight-year stretch in 1998 for abusing four boys in Aberdeen and at the caravan park in Peterculter.

In 2007 a sheriff granted a sexual offences prevention order banning McIntosh from contact with children, apart from his own family.

It also barred him for going near play areas, school grounds or places where children might be present.

Following the jury’s majority verdict in Livingston, Judge Lord Woolman called for criminal justice social work reports and told McIntosh he would be sentenced at Edinburgh High Court on 26 March.

January 2007

Paedophile ordered to keep away from kids

Police have won a wide-ranging legal order to keep a dangerous North-east paedophile away from children.

Serial child abuser William McIntosh, who preyed on boys for almost 30 years, was described as being at a high risk of re-offending.

The registered sex offender had managed to befriend neighbours with five children only months after being released from an eight year jail term.

Last year Grampian Police Chief Constable Colin McKerracher was granted an interim sexual offences prevention order against McIntosh, who is in his 60s.

The order was made at Aberdeen Sheriff Court where the Chief Constable’s legal representative returned yesterday to ask for the legal provision to be made a full order.

McIntosh was not present when Sheriff James Tierney agreed to the move.

The order bans McIntosh from contact with children, apart from his own family. It also bars him for going near play areas, school grounds or places where children might be present.

The paedophile is on the sex offenders’ register for life and has convictions dating back to 1980 when he held a 12-year-old boy in a shop and indecently assaulted him.

He was jailed at Peterhead Sheriff Court for 30 months.

McIntosh re-offended in 1987 and 1990. He earned his eight year stretch in 1998 for abusing four boys in Aberdeen and at a caravan park in Peterculter.

In his application to the court Mr McKerracher detailed incidents following McIntosh’s release on parole in 2005.

He said the pervert had befriended immediate neighbours, taken one boy to football practice and two girls to trampoline lessons.

Mr McKerracher said: “He has befriended families of children, has gained their trust and had involved himself in activities with the children before systematically abusing them.” He also alleged McIntosh had been responsible for other cases of abuse over nearly 30 years.