Oban High School teacher guilty of sex­ual as­sault

The Oban Times - - News -

AN OBAN High School chem­istry teacher has been found guilty of sex­ual as­sault af­ter touch­ing a for­mer pupil in­ap­pro­pri­ately in an Oban shop.

Henry Boyd Siger­son, 41, who is cur­rently sus­pended, has been placed on the sex of­fend­ers’ reg­is­ter while he awaits sen­tenc­ing.

Siger­son ap­peared at Oban Sher­iff Court on Mon­day (May 22) and pleaded guilty.

Procu­ra­tor fis­cal Eoin McGinty told the court that on March 4 at 10.30pm an 18-yearold woman was walk­ing home through Al­bany Street car park and along Shore Street, Oban, when she no­ticed a man walk­ing in the op­po­site di­rec­tion.

How­ever, when she crossed the road, Siger­son dou­bled back and be­gan to walk to­wards her. The 18-year- old then walked into a shop while Siger­son re­mained out­side.

Mr McGinty re­vealed that the woman said in her state­ment to the po­lice that upon choos­ing her items, she lin­gered in the shop longer than she would nor­mally have be­cause he was wait­ing out­side. Mr McGinty said: ‘Af­ter she was in the shop for a pe­riod, the man en­tered. He went to the right and ap­peared to look at the top shelf mag­a­zines. As he did, she went to pay for her items.

‘It’s ap­par­ent from the CCTV the ac­cused was watch­ing her.

‘As soon as she went to pay for her items the ac­cused came up be­hind her and de­lib­er­ately touched her on her bot­tom.’

The procu­ra­tor fis­cal added: ‘She said that she could feel him breath­ing on the back of her neck.’ Mr McGinty said that in her state­ment, she said she felt pan­icked and looked at the woman be­hind the till who gave her a look as if to say, ‘I saw what hap­pened’. The woman then left the shop as soon as pos­si­ble, but in­stead of walk­ing her nor­mal route home, she walked back to­wards the Oban Sta­tion Square and phoned to be picked up.

She re­ported the in­ci­dent the fol­low­ing day and po­lice of­fi­cers re­trieved the CCTV footage from the shop and Siger­son was iden­ti­fied im­me­di­ately by one of the of­fi­cers. He was de­tained later that day.

Siger­son’s so­lic­i­tor, Kevin McGin­ness, in­formed the court that his client is a mar­ried man but has re­cently sep­a­rated from his wife.

On the day of the in­ci­dent he had been drink­ing since the af­ter­noon.

Sen­tenc­ing has been de­ferred un­til June 20 for so­cial work re­ports and Siger­son has been placed on the sex of­fend­ers’ reg­is­ter.

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