Pervert driving instructor Neil Addison jailed for four years after groping and assaulting 14 students in Fife
A pervert driving instructor who sexually abused 14 learners in his motor has been jailed for four years.
Remorseless Neil Addison, 55, molested a series of students aged 17 to 21 – starting with “reassuring pats” on the knee before escalating to full on boob gropes.
His campaign of abuse was revealed when one student, then 17, revealed she fled his L-plate car in tears after he touched between her thighs before grabbing her breast while she was gripping the wheel.
Jurors heard how she and her sister — also targeted by Addison — went to police that night, sparking a major probe that uncovered a total of 14 victims.
A four-day trial at Dundee Sheriff Court heard Addison was “friendly” in the beginning – only for him to begin groping them a few weeks into their tuition.
The predator then began “squeezing” higher and higher over the course of future sessions.
Several witnesses told the court how he ended up with his hand wedged between their legs.
One said she could feel his pinky “wiggling” over her private parts. Addison, of Cupar, then “escalated” to groping several of the young women’s breasts.
A sheriff praised the “dignified” girls for bringing Addison to justice.
He added that Addison had targeted the girls in “vulnerable” situations, saying: “It was often while carrying out difficult and dangerous manouevres.”
The sleaze was interviewed by police the following day and told them he was: “Stupid, stupid — 18-year-old head on an older body.”
But he denied all the charges against him and forced 14 his victims to give “distressing” evidence over the course of a four day trial.
In her closing speech to the jury, fiscal depute Eilidh Robertson said: “He feels it is appropriate to shove his hand down the top of a 17-year-old girl in the middle of a driving lesson because he is attracted to her.”
The jury took just one hour and 45 minutes yesterday to find him unanimously guilty of all the sickening attacks between 2014 and 2017.
Jailing the fiend, Sheriff Tom Hughes said: “They looked to you to guide them paid you good money to do so.
“You took advantage of each and every one.
“The evidence suggests you were grooming them – on the girst lessons you were friendly and pleasant and as time passed you took more and more advantage of them.
“It is noteworthy that over time that your assaults escalated and became more and more serious.
“When you saw the last complainer crying you said not to say anything about it as it would affect your career.
“You show no remorse and don’t accept the harm you caused.
“Your victims can take great pride that they gave evidence in a dignified manner and the jury believed each and every one of them.”
Addison showed no emotion as he was led to the cells in handcuffs.
He was also placed him on the sex offender register indefinitely.
Perverted driving instructor from Fife abused females
A perverted driving instructor from Fife who sexually abused 14 of his young female students while they were behind the wheel of his car is facing years in jail.
Neil Addison was locked up after a jury found him unanimously guilty of all the charges he faced of carrying out sex attacks on young women in the Fife area over the course of more than three years.
A four-day trial at Dundee Sheriff Court heard from a string of young women who told strikingly similar stories of starting lessons with “friendly” Addison – only for him to begin groping them a few weeks into their tuition.
On many of the girls he would begin by touching them just above the knee – what he described to police as a “reassuring pat” – and over the course of future lessons he began “squeezing” higher and higher.
Several girls told how he ended up with his hand wedged between their legs.
One said she could feel his pinkie “wiggling” over her private parts.
Addison later “escalated” to groping several of the girls’ breasts.
His final victim – 17 at the time – told how she fled his car in tears after Addison first groped between her thighs before lunging over and grabbing her breast while she drove around roads in Fife.
She and her sister – also a victim of Addison – went to police that night, setting the ball rolling on investigation that uncovered many more victims.
The following day Addison was interviewed by police where he said he was: “Stupid, stupid – 18-year-old head on an older body.”
But he denied all the charges against him and forced 14 young women to give “distressing” evidence over the course of a four day trial.
A jury took just one hour and 45 minutes to find him unanimously guilty of all the charges.
Sheriff Tom Hughes remanded Addison in custody pending sentencing next month and told him: “These young women were confined in a car with you at a time when they looked to you for assistance.
“For several weeks you ingratiated yourself to them then as time went on you took more and more liberties with them.
“Heaven knows what would have happened had this gone untraced.”
The sheriff also praised Addison’s victims, adding: “Each and every one of them can take pride from the fact they came to court and gave evidence in a dignified fashion and must take some consolation that the jury have found each and every one of them truthful.”
Addison’s final victim, now 18, told the jury that Addison had touched her “just above the knee” during early lessons – moving on to her upper thigh as time went on.
During that final two-hour session he had gone as far as putting his hand between her upper thighs, touching against her private parts.
She said he then reached over and thrust his hand down her top – grabbing her left breast.
The girl said: “I was driving with one hand and trying to push him away.
“At one point the side of his hand had been in my crotch.
“He was then pinging my waistband.
“When I got out of the car he said ‘don’t tell anyone about this.'”
Addison was detained by police the following day and interviewed.
During that he admitted he was “possibly” attracted to the girl – 37 years his junior – and added: “Stupid, stupid – 18-year-old head on an older body.”
Earlier the trial heard from a string of young women – who told how they had been groped by Addison.
A pattern emerged of little or no physical contact during early lessons – with initial touches on the knee leading to “squeezing” of the upper thigh as time went on.
The trial heard that an investigation was begun into Addison after two sisters came forward accusing him of sexual assaults.
Police then interviewed him and seized records of his previous students before making contact with them.
They were not told the nature of the inquiry – but all volunteered that they had been touched by him.
However, Addison flatly denied touching “of a sexual nature” and claimed to police he was only giving a “reassuring pat”.
One girl told earlier told the court that Addison had repeatedly brushed his hands over her breast after telling her she had hair on her.
And two of the girls told how over the course of a series of lessons Addison had started out touching them on the knee – before gripping the tops of their thighs after becoming more “comfortable”.
Another victim said she had refused to get back in a car with him after the first time he touched her.
Others said they only persisted with their lessons with him because they’d already booked their driving tests and paid for blocks of lessons.
In her closing speech to the jury, fiscal depute Eilidh Robertson said: “He feels it is appropriate to shove his hand down the top of a 17-year-old girl in the middle of a driving lesson because he is attracted to her”.
But defence lawyer David McLaughlin argued: “Their actions are not consistent with being sexually assaulted week in, week out.”
Addison, 55, of Holly Park, Cupar, Fife, denied a total of 15 charges on indictment, allegedly committed between June 2014 and August 2017 during car journeys across north east Fife.
One of the charges was withdrawn at the end of the Crown case after the court heard the alleged victim emigrated to Australia.
The jury of eight men and seven women took just one hour and 45 minutes to find Addison guilty of all 14 remaining charges.
Sheriff Tom Hughes deferred sentence until September 10 for social work background reports, remanded Addison in custody and placed him on the sex offenders register indefinitely.
He said: “All the young women we heard from were aged from 17 to 21 when you carried out this course of conduct.
“They were vulnerable at that particular time. They were confined in a car with you at a time when they looked to you to assist them in learning to drive.
“You were in a position of trust and they were paying you good money to help them.
“You were misplacing that trust and abusing the situation you found yourself in.
“I take the view you seemed to groom these young women.