June 2018

Fraserburgh football coach Alasdair McCulloch jailed for abuse

An Aberdeenshire football coach who abused young boys over an eight-year period has been jailed for four-and-a-half years.

Alasdair McCulloch, 34, carried out the offences between 1998 and 2006, and knew some of his victims – of primary school age – through coaching.

Earlier this year, McCulloch, from Fraserburgh, admitted charges of using lewd and libidinous practices towards children over eight years.

On one occasion he led two children into woodland to play truth or dare and sexually abused them.

He was jailed at the High Court in Glasgow.

Lord Arthurson told McCulloch: “In these circumstances, you will well appreciate that on any view the gravity of your offending, given the nature, the period libelled and the number and age of your victims, merits the imposition upon you today of a substantial custodial sentence.”

He was also put on the sex offenders register indefinitely.

May 2018

Sex beast football coach pleads guilty to abusing young boys

A sexual abuse victim today told how seeing footballers talking about their own ordeals gave him the courage to contact police.

The man, who can’t be named for legal reasons, spoke out after Alasdair McCulloch pleaded guilty to sexually abusing young boys over an eight-year period in Aberdeenshire.

Alasdair McCulloch, 34, who carried out the offences between 1998 and 2006, knew some of his victims through coaching a football team.

One of the victims, who helped bring McCulloch to justice, said: “My whole class knew about it. The whole school knew what he was up to.

“He’s ruined heaps of people’s lives so I would like to see him get at least 10 years.”

And the man said he was inspired to contact police after seeing footballers speak out on the news about their own ordeals.

He said: “With football players being able to stand up and say what happened to them, it just gave me the courage to stand up and say it as well.

“I constantly have nightmares about it.

“I’ve got kids and struggle to be close to them. I struggle to have close relationships.

“I had anxiety and depression. It’s ruined my career.”

McCulloch, from Fraserburgh, abused boys he had invited to discuss football tactics with him.

In a hearing yesterday the High Court in Aberdeen heard the abuse involved at least six boys. Advocate depute Ashley Edwards QC said on one occasion he led two children into woodland to play truth or dare and sexually abused them.

She added: “Neither understood what was happening or even realised it was sexual at the time.”

The court heard McCulloch also performed sex acts while watching children playing.

Ms Edwards said: “It is estimated the accused carried out this behaviour around 30 times in total.”

McCulloch pled guilty to a total of five charges of using lewd, indecent and libidinous practices and behaviour towards children.

Lord Arthurson warned McCulloch: “You will appreciate the gravity of your crimes means that in due course you will be receiving a significant custodial sentence.”

McCulloch, whose address was given in court as Buchan Road, Fraserburgh, was remanded in custody until the sentencing next month.