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Glasgow teacher Peter McGinnis found guilty of grooming boy

A Glasgow teacher has been found guilty of sexually grooming a 13-year-old boy over a period of 10 months.

Peter McGinnis, 48, befriended the boy and his family after meeting him at the school where he taught.

At Glasgow Sheriff Court, Sheriff John McCormick told McGinnis that due to the charge's "insidious" nature a custodial sentence was almost inevitable.

Sentence was deferred until next month and he was remanded in custody. He was placed on the sex offenders register.

During the trial, the court heard that McGinnis, an English teacher, had offered the boy extra help with his school work in June 2009.

He went on to invite him to his home where he spent time alone with him.

'Family friend'

He took the boy and his family on trips during the school holidays and he took the boy on overnight stays to a hotel and a log cabin, and bought him gifts.

The teenager claimed that he would go to McGinnis' home where they would drink alcohol, and that he went away overnight with him on two occasions and shared a room with the teacher.

McGinnis had denied the charge and claimed he was a "friend of the family" and was not spending time with them as the boy's teacher.

Procurator fiscal depute Cassie Scott had asked McGinnis: "Do you find it appropriate to take one of your pupils away for the night to a log cabin?"

He said: "In the circumstances at the time I found it appropriate."

He also confirmed he took the teenager to a hotel for a night and shared a room with him on one occasion.

The court heard that in March 2010 the boy told a family member what had been going on and the matter was reported to the authorities.

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