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Sex fiend faces jail for abuse of 8 girls

Greenock Telegraph, 18/03/2004

A 61-YEAR-OLD man yesterday became the fourth paedophile to be convicted of sexually abusing youngsters at Scotland's most famous children's home.

Frail, one-legged Alexander Wilson faces years in jail when he is sentenced for a catalogue of offences against eight girls. He will join his brother-in-law John Porteous (70), already serving eight years for sex offences at Quarriers, Bridge of Weir, where they both worked as house-parents.

Wilson's victims were sexually molested over a 19-year period from the mid-1960s.

Wilson, of 8 Carsmeadow, Quarriers Village, was a plumber who became a house-parent with his late wife Jan at one of the home's 30 cottages housing 500 unwanted children.

He was found guilty unanimously at the High Court in Glasgow of 15 charges of molesting the children and showed no emotion as he was remanded in custody to await sentence.

Some of his victims, now adults, sat weeping as the jury returned its verdict before walking quietly from court and hugging two policewomen who investigated the case and gave evidence for the Crown.

Temporary Judge David Burns, QC, placed Wilson on the Sex Offenders' Register.

Defence advocate Donald MacLeod said Wilson suffered from a serious heart and lung complaint.

He said: "Because of his illness his life expectancy has been reduced by 10 years. The average life expectancy is 73 in the west of Scotland and he is already 61."

Wilson follows three other Quarriers house parents to prison all of whom were convicted of serious sexual abuse charges.

During the trial, one of Wilson's victims was asked why she didn't complain that he was sexually molesting her.

She told the jury: "I thought the abuse was normal because I'd got it from my previous house-father."

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