Glasgow & West Scotland

Church youth leader Karl Monsen Elvik jailed for indecency

A church youth leader who admitted indecency offences against eight boys has been jailed for 18 months.

Karl Monsen Elvik, an ex-member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Pollok, Glasgow, committed the offences from 1986 to 1994.

Glasgow Sheriff Court heard how he took pictures of boys in states of undress, timed them sitting naked in cold baths and rubbed ice cubes on them.

Elvik, 51, admitted his crimes after an anonymous report to police in 2011.

He admitted four charges of lewd and libidinous behaviour and two charges of indecent assault.

He was also placed on the sex offenders' register and told he would be supervised for nine months after his release.

Victim confrontation

Elvik, from Wishaw, North Lanarkshire, lived in Nitshill, Glasgow, at the time of the offences.

The court heard how he invited one boy to go running with him and afterwards at his house, massaged him and indecently touched him.

He invented a game where the boys would take turns sitting in a cold bath and timed them to see who could last the longest.

The youth leader would rub ice-cubes on their bodies or have them strip if they lost a game while at his house.

On one occasion when a boy was alone in the flat sitting in the bath, Elvik appeared in the bathroom naked, squirting water from a syringe.

Years later he was confronted by one of his victims and begged him not to go to the police, but it was later reported anonymously in April 2011.

The court heard Monsen Elvik made extensive admissions and gave a list of names of victims.

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