A 60-year-old man – Ronald Burton of East Kilbride – appeared at the High Court at Glasgow on Friday 2 September where he was sentenced to six years, after being found guilty of sexually assaulting a teenager, and lewd and libidinous behaviour towards a young boy.
The lewd and libidinous behaviour occurred between 1994 and 1996, when the boy was aged between 11 and 13 years. The sexual assault on the 13 year-old boy took place in 2014. All the crimes took place in the East Kilbride area.
The first victim came forward to police in July 2014 with the second victim coming forward shortly thereafter. A full investigation was then launched by a team of specialist detectives, and extensive enquiries were carried out by the team.
Burton was arrested on 17 July 2015 and his trial commenced at Glasgow High Court on 21 July 2016.
Detective Sergeant Charles Limond on Lanarkshire Division said: “Ronald Burton held a position of trust and he totally abused this position. He befriended these young boys, gained their confidence, integrated himself into their lives then abused them.
“Despite this, his victims have had the courage to speak out about what has happened to them, and this information has been vital to the police investigation.
“I would like to thank them for their bravery in coming forward to report these events, which could not have been an easy decision for survivors of sexual crimes.
“Having the courage to provide their evidence in court has ensured that Ronald Burton is prevented from preying on any other children.
“I hope that this sentencing can bring them some comfort, and closure to allow them and their families to now move forward with their lives.
“Police Scotland is committed to supporting victims of sexual crimes and investigating those responsible and bringing them to justice. I would encourage any victims to come forward and report it. They can be assured of being fully supported by officers and partner agencies.”