May 2017

Vile paedophile, 88, behind bars

A pervert is behind bars after being convicted of sexually abusing two school children in Glasgow over half a decade.

James McGeary, 88, inappropriately touched the boy and girl who were five and eight while they were alone with him in his west end home.

While abusing the terrified young girl he told her “This will be our little secret.”

His younger victim only realised the seriousness of what had happened to him after sex education at school.

For years they kept it a secret before the girl reported the abuse in 2014.

The two victims, now 25 and 28 – who cannot be named for legal reasons – have now relived their sickening ordeal in court after the pensioner, from Lambhill, denied the charges when he went on trial at Glasgow Sheriff Court.

The two described how sick McGeary took advantage of them when they were alone with him at his west-end home.

But, a jury convicted him of two charges of using lewd, indecent and libidinous practices between January 1996 and December 2001.

The woman described what happened to her as a “traumatic experience”.

She told defence counsel Geoffrey Forbes she never told anyone at the time what was happening to her.

Procurator fiscal depute Harry Findlay asked what she understood it being “their little secret” to mean.

She said: “Something to be kept between myself and him.”

McGeary’s second victim, a 25-year-old man told the court the abuse was when he was at primary school.

He told the jury he had sex education in primary seven adding “that’s when I started to understand what it was that happened”.

Sheriff Lindsay Wood remanded wheelchair bound McGeary in custody and deferred sentence until a later date.