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Glasgow football coach and Boys’ Brigade leader sexually abused children for almost two decades

Glasgow football coach and Boys’ Brigade leader sexually abused children for almost two decades

A former youth football coach and Boys’ Brigade leader has been jailed for sexually abusing boys over nearly two decades.

Craig Menzies abused seven boys aged ten and under while they were in his care between 1986 and 2004. The predator targeted children in various locations across Scotland, both in his role as a unit leader in the 118th Company of the Boys’ Brigade and as manager of Cart Castle Youth Football Club in Glasgow.




Menzies faced trial at the High Court in Glasgow earlier this year. He pleaded guilty to seven charges on May 29.

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The 55-year-old was today (July 2) sentenced to 12 years behind bars with a further three years on licence. He was also added to the sex offenders register indefinitely, Record reports.

The court heard that Menzies supplied the boys with drink before assaulting them and showing them pornographic images. In the mid to late 1980s, Menzies indecently assaulted a boy during a BB trip to a campsite in Leven, Fife.

The child – who was aged 13 or 14 – was drunk and asleep when the abuse began. A second boy, aged around 12 or 13, was targeted during a camping trip on the West Highland Way, near Fort William, in the early to mid-1990s.