September 2017

Paedophile who fled UK after admitting sick crime ‘found in Mexico trying to buy props to teach yoga to kids’

A paedophile who fled the UK after admitting grooming a schoolboy has been tracked down in Mexico trying to buy yoga props used for teaching kids.

Self-styled motivational guru Roderick Beaumont, 60, was due to be sentenced for his sick crime when he left Scotland for Albania last year.

But it’s believed he has now been found as he tried to order costumes for yoga figures used in teaching children.

The owner of a US clothing company raised the alarm when she saw articles online which revealed his vile crime.

At Airdrie Sheriff Court last October, Beaumont, originally from Dundee, admitted grooming a boy on social media – but he failed to appear for sentencing in December and disappeared abroad.

The court heard the former airline pilot, who describes himself as a “global coach”, caught a flight from Edinburgh to Albania with £9,000.

And when a Rod Beaumont in Mexico recently contacted a US-based costume firm, the owner was concerned he was the fugitive Scots sex offender.

Pictures he supplied, in which he wears religious-style robes, match those which accompanied articles on Beaumont’s crime.

The business owner, from Colorado, said : “I think he is the one who placed an order.

“I don’t want to associate with someone like this and I don’t know who else to contact about this.

“This situation is really bothering me – I’ve been stalling on starting his order because I plan to decline the order and make up an excuse.

“The man who made an order from my shop and contacted me through Instagram paid with a credit card with the name Rod Beaumont and has an address in Mexico.

“He wants me to make a monk outfit for a yoga bear that is used mainly to teach kids meditation and yoga poses. It is pretty popular with yoga fanatics.

“He claims to be a monk and in one of his Instagrams, he claims to know hypnosis.

“I’ve seen in articles about the paedophile that he also knows hypnosis so I find that even more interesting.

“If this is him, I am scared he will be trying to speak to children online.

“If there’s anything I can do, let me know. I really don’t know what to do and this situation is just horrible.”

As well as the costume business owner, two other people contacted the Record to claim they were abused by Beaumont in the past when he lived in the US.

They saw the story about Beaumont dodging court and going on the run last December.

One victim said: ”I’ve been following the story about Roderick Beaumont.

“Thirty years ago, Mr Beaumont conned his way into a youth organisation, where he met me.

“While he befriended my family, friends and teachers from my school, he sexually abused me.

“Everyone around me thought the world of Mr Beaumont and my distress was often regarded as defiant teenage behaviour because he had become a parental figure.

“The adults I confided in could not believe Mr Beaumont was capable of such things.

“My horror resulted in self-harming and prescription drug abuse. I suffered terrible migraines and abused my prescriptions to numb the pain.”

Another victim spoke of being abused in the US in the 1980s, saying: “Mr Beaumont lived here and was commissioned as a captain in the local Civil Air Patrol Squadron.

“He told everyone he was a pilot in the Royal Air Force and they gave him an equivalent rank based on his story.

“There was a youth component to CAP and I was awarded cadet of the year.

“Mr Beaumont was a certified flight instructor and free lessons were part of my award.

“Mr Beaumont has several pilot licences, including multi-purpose engine and commercial ratings.

“He began abusing me while acting as my flight instructor. Everyone thought Mr Beaumont was the greatest.

“He rented a home from my parents, got me a job at a local flight school and was the contact for a class I was taking in high school.

“I was afraid everyone’s world would fall apart if I said anything.

“I used to give blood a lot to get screened for HIV. This was the 80s and the AIDS scare was a big deal because of the epidemic.

“I didn’t want to anyone to think I was gay either so there was a big secrecy thing.”

In Airdrie last year, Beaumont pleaded guilty to sending written messages of a sexual nature from a house in Petersburn on various occasions between December 2015 and January 2016.

The education and management consultant was due to be sentenced in December but prosecutor Louise Beattie told the court that while on bail, he had flown from Edinburgh to Albania.

She said: “Given the report from social workers, they were not surprised.”

Defence lawyer John Paul Gallagher was unaware of Beaumont’s whereabouts.

He told the court: “A letter had been sent to him and I spoke to his mother last week.”

Gallagher told the court his client was no longer working and was not claiming benefits.

Sheriff Petra Collins considered an assessment of the danger Beaumont poses to children and a victim impact statement from the boy.

She said: “Obviously this is a very serious case.”

The sheriff issued a warrant for Beaumont’s arrest and put him on the sex offenders’ register.

Previously, the court had heard that Beaumont – who specialises in youth impact coaching and claimed to have successfully coached children as young as 10 – sent a series of messages to the Airdrie youngster.

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

Beaumont claims to have visited 138 countries as a “global coach” and worked in 23 countries.

It is feared that his experience of travelling and living abroad will make it easier for him to blend into local communities in different countries.

In an interview available online, he 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 overcome 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.”

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

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.

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