May 2016

Predatory teacher who abused five boys is jailed for six and a half years

William Bain

A former boarding school teacher who sexually abused a string of boys has been jailed for six and a half years.

William Bain preyed on the five children who were pupils at another private school where the 62-year-old worked at the time.

One boy was attacked after going to Bain for help because he was being bullied.

Bain, of Crieff, Perthshire, went on to secure a senior post at the £22,000-a-year Glenalmond College in Perth and Kinross.

He was finally caught last year when one victim discovered he was still teaching and called police.

Bain returned to the High Court in Glasgow after pleading guilty to five charges of using lewd and libidinous practices while employed as a teacher.

Judge Lady Scott told him the crimes were “persistent” sexual abuse and that he appeared to have no “contrition” for what he had done.

The abuse occurred between 1989 and 1995 when Bain was a teacher at a fee-paying school in Dunbartonshire and the victims were all pupils there.

The attacks occurred either in an empty classroom, a photography dark-room or at Bain’s private flat at the school.

The first boy was aged 11 when the abuse started. The next victim was 12 when Bain began molesting him several times a week.

Around the same time, Bain repeatedly preyed on a third boy, who was also 11 when he was first abused.

The fourth pupil was the same age as he was abused a total of 50 times.

Prosecutor Ross McFarlane said the final victim, aged 12, had spoken to Bain to seek help as he was being bullied at the school but, instead, Bain inappropriately touched the traumatised child.

Bain left the school in 2000 and moved to the exclusive Glenalmond College.

His abuse remained unknown until 2015 when his first victim discovered Bain remained employed as a teacher and reported the ordeal he had suffered more than 20 years ago.

A large scale probe eventually resulted in the other four who were abused being traced.

An impact statement completed by one of the victims revealed the abuse had a “profound effect” on him.

Bain had also faced in court accusations that he attacked three other boys, but prosecutors accepted his not guilty pleas.

The court heard that Bain realises his reputation has been “utterly devastated” by what happened.

April 2016

Perthshire boarding school teacher guilty of child sex abuse

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A former teacher at a top Scots boarding school is facing jail after sexually abusing five boys.

William Bain preyed on pupils at another private school where the 62-year-old worked at the time.

He was caught when one victim contacted police after discovering Bain was still teaching in Perthshire.

It sparked a large-scale probe into the abuse claims resulting in shamed Bain ending up at the High Court in Glasgow.

Bain was “immediately suspended” by Glenalmond College when the historical accusations arose last year and subsequently retired.

He pled guilty at the High Court in Glasgow to five charges of using lewd and libidinous practices while employed as a teacher at the Dunbartonshire school between 1989 and 1995.

A judge heard how one boy was attacked after going to Bain for help because he was being bullied.

The attacks were said to have occurred either in an empty classroom, a photography dark-room or at Bain’s private flat at the school.

Bain later went on to secure a post at £22,000-a-year Glenalmond College in Perth and Kinross.

Bain – who lives with his mum in Crieff, Perthshire – had his bail continued pending sentencing next month.

He was a teacher at the time at a fee-paying school in Dunbartonshire.

The victims were all pupils there.

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