A vile sex monster with no remorse who preyed on young children for more than 40 years is facing life behind bars after a judge said he had used his victims for his “own deviant sexual needs”.
Paedo Bryan Grimes, 58, was warned he faces spending the rest of his life in prison after being convicted of raping and sexually assaulting girls and boys aged as young as four.
A jury at the High Court in Livingston found Grimes guilty of committing 10 sexual offences in Methil, Colinsburgh, Elie and Anstruther in Fife and in Cumnock, Ayrshire, between 1975 and 2017.
They included rape, attempted rape, two sexual assaults, one count of unlawful sex with a minor and four charges of lewd and libidinous behaviour.
Advocate depute Kath Harper told the jury Grimes was always particular in his choice of sexual target.
She said: “All are children, mainly girls but not exclusively so. Each of the eight complainers on the indictment was a child at the time they were abused.
“The accused has a sexual interest in children. The accused has admitted a sexual interest in children.
“There was an escalation in the offending between 2012 and 2017, a clear escalating pattern of sexual abuse against children.”
Grimes confessed during his own evidence that he had twice kissed one of the under age girls on her face and touched here sexually.
He also admitted touching another girl with his penis but denied the remainder of the allegations.
The jury watched video recordings of emotional evidence given by the distressed and weeping victims of Grimes’ serial sexual abuse, including from his first victim who testified he was only three years older than her when he started sexually abusing her at an address in Methil in 1975. She was between 12 and 13-years-old.
His second target told how he sexually abused her at addresses in Methil and Colinsburgh from 1980 onwards when she was between the ages of four and 10.
And a primary-age schoolboy told how he was abused at Grimes’ hands from 1989 onwards between the ages of five and nine.
He told how Grimes had groped him and made him perform a sex act.
Following the jury’s verdicts, Lady Rae told Grimes: “It seemed to me you think you’re entitled to use children for your own deviant sexual needs or requirements.”
The judge said she was considering whether an order for lifelong restriction was more appropriate than a determinate sentence, which could mean Grimes stayed behind bars until the Parole Board decided it was safe to release him.
She remarked: “He’s clearly a high risk offender. My impression of the accused when he gave evidence was that he displayed an arrogance which in all my years I’ve never seen before.
“An arrogance; a complete lack of remorse; continually abusing young children; no sense of shame, no empathy for the victims – and the jury saw those children giving evidence and saw the impact on them some years later.
“It was as if he thought he was quite entitled to do what he was doing, that was the impression I got as an observer.”