June 2017: Iain Reid has now been released. He will live in Kirkcaldy
Retired Fife policeman jailed over child abuse
A retired Fife policeman has been jailed after committing a sickening catalogue of abuse against young girls.
Grandfather Iain Reid was sentenced to four years and four months at Falkirk Sheriff Court.
The former officer, who spent more than two decades with Fife Constabulary attaining the rank of detective constable, abused three girls aged 3 to 12 years old while living in a police house in Buckhaven, Fife, and later in Leven.
Now aged 66, the predator lured children with sweets, a chance to pat his dog, or in the case of one young girl, offers of lettuce for her rabbit over a 17-year period between 1980 and 1997.
Sheriff Craig Caldwell paid tribute to the victims who found the courage to confront their attacker.
After a five day trial, a jury of ten 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.
During the trial one victim said she could still remember the “smell of his smokey breath” as Reid whispered in her ear then performing an act of sexual abuse.
In one attack he threw dog treats at a girl as she sat on the floor to encourage his dog to “sniff around” her clothed private parts.
Another girl said Reid made her perform handstands then touched her inappropriately while she was upside down.
Reid was placed on the sex offenders’ register indefinitely.
Ex-policeman guilty of sex abuse of children in Fife
A former police officer is facing jail after being found guilty of a catalogue of abuse against children over the course of 17 years.
Iain Reid targeted children as young as three while living in a police house in Buckhaven, Fife, and later in Leven, where he bought his own home.
One of his victims, whom 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 exposing the “chronic and persistent sexual predator”.
Falkirk Sheriff Court heard that Reid, now a grandfather aged 66, “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.
Once he had them indoors, the former Fife Constabulary PC touched them inappropriately over their clothing, and rubbed himself sexually against them.
One young victim was sometimes made to do handstands by Reid, who then touched her inappropriately while she was upside down.
The abuse continued until she was in Primary 7 in 1997 and told her best friend. Together they went to see the school nurse.
Police and social work were called in, but Reid was not prosecuted at the time, because there were no other witnesses.
She said she reported the childhood abuse again when she was 20 and about to leave home, because she though it was “unfinished business”, but again no action was taken because of lack of corroboration.
In about 2009, she heard of another girl who said Reid had abused her, and went to police again in 2014.
On Friday, the jury found 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.
Reid, who was a police officer for 21 years and a soldier for 12 years before that, committed the offences over a 17-year period between 1980 and 1997.
Further allegations that Reid abused a fourth girl in 1999, sexually assaulted a young mother in 1982, and abused a child in her early teens in the mid-1980s were found not proven.
Deferring sentence for until October 27 for reports and remanding Reid in custody, Sheriff Craig Caldwell told the accused he had faced a substantial prison sentence. He was also 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.”