July 2006

Serial child molester is caged

A school janitor who committed a string of sex offences on children as young as three was jailed for five years 

James Thomson was found guilty of taking advantage of the youngsters over a 30-year period. 

The depraved 55-year-old forced two girls to perform oral sex on him at various times over seven years from 1976 – when they were six and eight. 

Other abuse cases included a boy and girl, both also aged six, who he got to touch his private parts on a number of occasions over three years. 

One attack happened at West Pilton primary, Edinburgh, where local resident Thomson worked as the caretaker, Edinburgh sheriff court heard. 

But despite being suspended over the perversions, last year the sex beast was allowed to continue living on the campus shared by Pirniehall and St David’s primary schools, Pilton, as part of his city council contract. 

Thomson was also put on the sex offenders’ register indefinitely.