A north-east football coach who sexually abused young boys was today jailed for four and a half years.
Alasdair McCulloch, 34, carried out the offences between 1998 and 2006.
The abuse involved at least six boys and included an occasion when he lured two children into woods to play truth or dare, then attacked them.
At the earlier hearing the court was told the abuse involved at least six boys he had invited to discuss football tactics with him.
McCulloch, from Fraserburgh, pled guilty earlier this year to five charges of using lewd and libidinous practices towards children over eight years.
At his sentencing hearing at the High Court in Glasgow, Lord Arthurson told McCulloch he “targeted young male children”.
Passing sentence he said: “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.
Defence counsel Derick Nelson said his client is due to become a dad for the first time later this year.
Mr Nelson said his client had a “horrific upbringing” and added: “Mr McCulloch was exposed to some very traumatic experiences as he was growing up”.
He also told the court McCulloch “acknowledges the harm that these offences have caused other people.”
Speaking after the sentencing at the High Court in Glasgow, Procurator Fiscal for Sexual Offences, Kenny Donnelly said: “The fact that the victims of Alasdair McCulloch had the courage to come forward to report what had happened to them has allowed us to bring him to justice.”
“Although these crimes took place a number of years ago, this case and others like it, show that justice can be achieved even when many years have passed from the date of the crime.
“I strongly encourage anyone who has been a victim of any such offence, whenever it may have occurred, to report this to the police, and they can do so in the confidence that they will be treated with the utmost professionalism and sensitivity by the police and our expert prosecutors.”