Tayside and Central Scotland

Scoutmaster admits abusing boys 40 years ago

A 78-year-old scout leader has admitted sexually abusing members of his troop in Coupar Angus more than 40 years after the offences took place.

Perth Sheriff Court heard how the lives of David McDonald's three victims had been blighted by the abuse they suffered in the 1960s and 70s.

McDonald's victims were aged between 11 and 15 at the time of his offences.

He was placed on the sex offenders register and will be sentenced in February.

The court heard how McDonald had been a Scout leader for several decades and was still on an executive committee when the police investigation began.

His crimes came to light when one of his victims, who is now in his 50s, broke down in front of his wife.

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