Oban High teacher as­saulted woman

The Oban Times - - Front Page -

A FOR­MER Oban High School teacher has had his sen­tence de­ferred for a year af­ter a sex­ual as­sault against a for­mer pupil.

Boyd Henry Siger­son, 41, ad­mit­ted touch­ing the 18-year- old woman on her bot­tom on March 4 in an Oban shop. Sen­tenc­ing was de­ferred on May 22 un­til June 20 for re­ports.

Sher­iff Ruth An­der­son QC told Oban Sher­iff Court: ‘It was clearly un­ac­cept­able but drunken be­hav­iour. It clearly caused the com­plainer some dis­tress.

‘It seems to have arisen out of drunk­en­ness more than any­thing else. He has lost his job, his pro­fes­sion. He is deal­ing with the loss of his mar­riage.

‘As a re­sult of this he has lost his rep­u­ta­tion. He will never work in this pro­fes­sion again. He has paid very, very dearly for this drunken stu­pid­ity.

‘ The court is not con­don­ing this kind of be­hav­iour, but the court has some sym­pa­thy with the fall­out.’

Sher­iff An­der­son de­ferred sen­tence for a year for Siger­son to demon­strate good be­hav­iour.

‘ The court will be told what you have done with your life,’ she said: ‘All is not lost. You still have a fu­ture and tal­ents that could be em­ployed else­where.’

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