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Football coach jailed for sex offences against young boys'

Steven Martin
Image caption Martin was jailed for 21 months for similar offences in 2008

A former football coach and school janitor has been jailed for committing sex offences against three young boys.

Steven Martin, 54, of Millcroft Road, Cumbernauld, was told by a sheriff his actions were "shocking and disgraceful".

Martin committed the crimes at his then home in Pine Grove in Alloa in 1988 and 1989 when the boys were aged between 11 and 13.

Sheriff William Gallacher jailed Martin for 15 months at Falkirk Sheriff Court.

Similar offences

The court heard that Martin ran a youth club and was coach at a boys' football club.

He preyed on his young victims when they stayed overnight at his flat.

Sheriff Gallacher told him: "You have pled guilty to two charges which are extremely serious.

"They involve the abuse of trust by you in a shocking and disgraceful way."

The court was told that Martin had been jailed in 2008 for committing similar offences against an eight-year-old and an 11-year-old boy.

Sheriff Gallacher told him: "You have already reported two charges of a similar nature and I have to take account of that.

"I must seek to do justice for everyone involved."

In addition to the jail term, Sheriff Gallacher ordered Martin to be subject to a seven month supervision order after his release, during which time he will be monitored by social workers, and placed him on the Sex Offenders' Register.

Referring to the 2008 case, Sheriff Gallacher added: "Had the four charges all been together, with the gravity, the ages of the boys, the position of trust and gross abuse of that, and the circumstances in which that occurred, you would have received a greater sentence."

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