November 2016

Life coach guilty of grooming Airdrie schoolboy over month-long period

A SELF-STYLED “global coach” who claims to have visited 138 countries faces the prospect of being jailed after admitting trying to “groom” an Airdrie schoolboy through social media.

Paedophile Roderick Beaumont, 60, pleaded guilty at Airdrie Sheriff Court on Monday to intentionally sending written messages of a sexual nature from a house on North Calder Drive, Petersburn, on various occasions between December 30 last year and January 24.

Prosecutor Agnes Meek told the court that Beaumont, who specialises in “youth impact coaching” and claims to have “successfully coached” children as young as 10, sent the messages to the boy, who was 15 at the time.

She said: “A warrant was issued for police to seize his laptop and mobile phone, which had been sent to the boy from various places in Airdrie, Coatbridge and elsewhere.”

Sheriff Petra Collins said: “Obviously this is a very serious case and I will call for background reports before sentencing you.”

In an online interview boastful Beaumont describes himself as “motivational, inspirational, professional and above all, authentic”.

He continues: “I have the ability to make people be at ease and work with me.

“I enjoy empowering my clients to reach their goals and dreams and to over come their limiting beliefs and fears.

“Everything I do is designed to unleash that inner potential that lies within each of us.”

Beaumont is also quoted as saying: “My clients find their lives positively affected as a result of our sessions.

“In particular my youth clients (12-26) and their families report significant positive changes.”

Beaumont’s lawyer told the court that his client was no longer working and was not claiming benefits.

Sheriff Collins deferred sentence until December 5, calling for a full range of background reports, including a risk assessment as to the danger he poses to children.

Beaumont, who now lives in Dundee, was placed on the sex offenders’ register.

Sheriff Collins also called for a victim impact statement from the boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, before sentencing.