Fife girl (11) who reported sex abuse was put in unit for disturbed children


An 11-year-old sex abuse victim was put in a unit for mentally disturbed children when she reported what was happening to her.

She had to withdraw the allegations and apologise to her abuser before was allowed to leave.

The paedo, who inflicted abuse on two girls in Fife more than 30 years, is finally behind bars.

David Scott (65) was convicted him of five charges of abuse and rape last month at the High Court in Edinburgh. He has now been jailed for 10 years.

Scott’s first victim was just 11 when she complained about his abusive behaviour and ended up in a unit for disturbed teenagers as a result.

In order to be released from the unit she had to take back her complaints against Scott and say sorry to him.

A judge condemned “the cruelty” by Scott “standing by and seeing a young girl committed to a mental institution”.

Lord Boyd of Duncansby said both victims made accusations of sexual abuse against Scott at the time but that the way their complaints were handled did no credit to those involved.

The judge said, “When at the age of 11 she complained…not only was she not believed but she was admitted to a unit for mentally disturbed teenagers.”

He told Scott, “In order to get discharged she had to withdraw the allegations and apologise to you.”

Scott has been placed on the sex offenders’ register indefinitely.

Scott began molesting his first victim at addresses and in a car in Glenrothes in 1982, when she was aged 10.

He carried out sex acts on the girl and later began to rape her until she was aged 14 in 1986.

He preyed on the second girl from when she was aged 14 at a house in the Fife town and molested her on an occasion between July 1982 and July 1983 and went on to have sex with her when she was asleep.

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