June 2018

Vile child abuser who preyed on boys in East Kilbride youth clubs jailed for five years

A 67-year-old from East Kilbride has been jailed for five years for the abuse of nine young boys spanning from 1980 to 1995.

William Cross held a position of trust in a number of youth organisations across East Kilbride, including football teams and the Boys Brigade.

His victims were aged between seven and 15, and he met them through the numerous youth clubs.

He originally denied the offences, but changed his plea to guilty on May 16 after two days of evidence was heard at Hamilton Sheriff Court.

Speaking after the sentencing, Fraser Gibson, Procurator Fiscal for South Strathclyde said: “William Cross’s victims were robbed of their innocence by a man in a position of trust.

“Justice can be achieved even after many years and we would encourage all victims of such crimes, wherever and whenever they were committed, to come forward and report them.

“They can be confident that they will be treated with the utmost professionalism by everyone involved in the investigation and prosecution.”

Cross was sentenced to five years and placed on the Sex Offenders Register indefinitely.