September 2016

Mum’s relief as paedophile East Kilbride teacher Ronald Burton is caged for six years

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The mother of one of paedophile teacher Ronald Burton’s victims says justice has been served after the child sex beast was caged for six years.

The disgraced East Kilbride teacher was jailed at the High Court in Glasgow on Friday after being convicted of grooming and sexually abusing two schoolboys.

Following the sentence, a mum spoke exclusively to the News in the hope that more child abuse victims would have the courage to come forward.

She said: “Six years is a good sentence but a million years wouldn’t be enough when you think how much he has taken from their lives.

“We were told not to expect a custodial sentence so it’s good that he is now where he deserves to be and people can recognise him for what he is.

“Justice has now been done and, now that his liberty has been taken away, we can move on with our lives.”

Burton (60) preyed on the boys while teaching maths at two secondary schools in South Lanarkshire . He lavished gifts on the pair — including underwear and gym memberships.

The sex predator was finally snared in 2014 after being confronted by his first victim, now a father-of-three.

The court heard the victim battled drug addiction before reporting the matter to police.

Burton, an ex-assistant principal teacher, was fired by South Lanarkshire Council when the allegations came to light.

He was branded “disgraceful” by Judge Lady Stacey at the High Court on Friday and his lawyer said the “gifted” teacher’s reputation now lay in tatters.

Lady Stacey told Burton he had been “deceitful” and acted “disgracefully”.

She said: “You abused the trust that the children had in you.”

Burton — who maintained his innocence — showed no emotion as he was led handcuffed to the cells.

The mum said: “He showed no remorse for his crimes.

“In the beginning, we didn’t know if we could take this all the way to the High Court, so the fact that our case has been worthwhile might give other abuse victims the confidence to come forward.”

The jury heard how the offences occurred 20 years apart.

Burton got to know the first victim around 1994 when he was in first year and later went on to tutor him in maths.

Burton, of Allendale in Stewartfield, denied the allegations and told the trial: “I made the judgment that I would try to help him improve.”

But, instead, he took the opportunity to prey on the youngster.

The victim recalled feeling “very uncomfortable” when Burton used crude terminology.

During the abuse, Burton drove to a quiet lane before apparently becoming upset.

The witness told the court: “At this point, he put his head in his hands. He said I thought just like his mother — she always told him he was a pervert and I must be thinking he was a pervert as well.”

The abuse ended when the boy was around 15 . Burton’s victim told the court: “I ended up thinking I was the one in the wrong.”

Burton later moved schools and eventually turned his attentions to a second boy — aged 12 — in 2013.

This youngster was similarly preyed upon, which included inappropriate touching.

Quizzed about these incidents, the boy said: “He asked and I said I was not comfortable with it.

“He would say: ‘You are just like everyone else, you think I’m a weirdo.’”

The pervert was finally reported to police after the first victim revealed he felt “worthless” and wanted to kill himself.

But, the trial heard, the victim felt like “a weight had been lifted” after confronting Burton.

In his closing speech, Mr Kearney described Burton as “highly manipulative” in carrying out “systematic sexual abuse”.

He was convicted of lewd and libidinous behaviour towards the first victim and a charge of sexual assault against the second boy.

Burton had faced other charges including claims he raped the second victim, tried to hypnotise him and supplied him with cannabis, but these were dropped by prosecutors.

His lawyer George Cheyne said: “He was a gifted teacher for some 30 years. He taught generations of children. His reputation now lies in tatters.”

Detective Sergeant Charles Limond, of Lanarkshire Division, who led the investigation said: “Ronald Burton held a position of trust and he totally abused this position.

“He befriended these young boys, gained their confidence, integrated himself into their lives then abused them.

“Despite this, his victims have had the courage to speak out about what has happened to them, and this information has been vital to the police investigation.

“I would like to thank them for their bravery in coming forward to report these events, which could not have been an easy decision for survivors of sexual crimes.

“Having the courage to provide their evidence in court has ensured that Ronald Burton is prevented from preying on any other children.

“I hope that this sentencing can bring them some comfort, and closure to allow them and their families to now move forward with their lives.”

August 2016

Maths teacher convicted of sexually abusing young boys

A teacher branded “highly manipulative” has been convicted of sexually abusing two pupils.

Ronald Burton got to know the boys while teaching maths at two secondary school in South Lanarkshire.

The 60 year-old groomed the pair by lavishing gifts on them – including underwear and gym memberships.

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Burton – a now retired ex-assistant principal teacher – was finally snared in 2014 after being confronted by his first victim.

Burton told a jury he had shown “nothing but kindness and affection” to the boys.

But he was found guilty following a week-long trial at the High Court in Glasgow.

He was convicted of lewd and libidinous behaviour towards the first victim and a charge of sexual assault against the second boy.

Burton had his bail continued pending sentencing in September. He was ordered to surrender his passport in the meantime.

The jury heard how the offences occurred 20 years apart.

Burton got to know the first victim in about 1994, when he was in first year.

He later went on to tutor the boy with his maths studies.

Burton told the trial: “I made the judgement that I would try and help him improve.”

But, he instead took the opportunity to prey on the youngster.

The victim recalled feeling “very uncomfortable” when Burton used “crude terminology”.

During the abuse, Burton drove to a quiet lane before apparently becoming upset.

The witness told the court: “At this point he put his head in his hands. He said I thought just like his mother … she always told him he was a pervert and I must think he is a pervert as well.”

The abuse ended when the boy was about 15.

He told the court: “I ended up thinking I was the one in the wrong.”

Burton later moved schools and eventually turned his attentions to a second boy – aged about 12 – in 2013.

This youngster was similarly preyed upon, which included inappropriate touching.

Quizzed about these incidents, the boy said: “He asked and I said I was not comfortable with it.

“He would say ‘you are just like everyone else … you think I’m a weirdo.”

Burton was finally reported to police after the first victim told he felt “worthless” and wanted to kill himself.

But, the jury heard the victim felt like “a weight had been lifted” after confronting Burton.

Burton, of East Kilbride, South Lanarkshire, denied the allegations.

In his closing speech, Mr Kearney described Burton as “highly manipulative” in carrying out “systematic sexual abuse”.

Burton had faced other charges including claims he raped the second victim and also tried to hypnotise him, but these were dropped by prosecutors.