Hatton child abuser jailed for two years

A 57-years-old man who sexually abused two young girls has been given a two-year jail sentence at Peterhead Sheriff Court.

William McCagh (57), of Manse Terrace, Hatton was labelled as "manipulative" by Sheriff Marysia Lewis during sentencing and placed on the sex offenders register for ten years.

McCagh was convicted of two separate charges of lewd, libidinous practices and behaviour towards the two girls, and told by Sheriff Lewis that she had no alternative but to send him to jail.

McCagh had previously pled not guilty to the offences but was later found guilty at trial.

One of the girls was aged between seven and 11-years-old when McCagh carried out the sexual offences, which occurred on various occasions between July 10, 2000 and November 1, 2004.

He was further convicted of lewd, indecent and libidinous practices towards another girl, then under the age of 16, between November 1, 2007 and July 1, 2008.

Court heard McCagh was a first time offender and that a social enquiry report had found him to have a 7% chance of re-offending within the next five years.

Sheriff Marysia Lewis told McCagh: "In the public interest, there is no realistic alternative to a custodial sentence in this case.

"These were not isolated incidents. You knew the mothers of the girls, you were a friend to the families, you became babysitter for the families. These families welcomed you into their homes and you were manipulative and you abused their trust."

Sheriff Lewis sentenced McCagh to 24 months imprisonment and told him he would be on the sex offenders register for a period of ten years.