Sex cult mem­ber faces jail for abus­ing chil­dren

The Scotsman - - News Digest - By RORY CAS­SIDY

A for­mer re­li­gious sex cult mem­ber is fac­ing jail for sex­u­ally and phys­i­cally abus­ing chil­dren on the so-called orders of God.

Alexan­der Watt – dubbed a “model cit­i­zen” – was a mem­ber of a group called “The Chil­dren of God”, or “The Fam­ily”.

The sect sup­ported “free love”, the “very strict dis­ci­pline of chil­dren” and taught that “God is love, love is sex and God’s love shall not be re­stricted by age or re­la­tion­ship”.

Fa­ther-of-ten Watt, 68, abused two chil­dren in the Cen­tral Belt in the 1980s and ad­mit­ted his guilt over the abuse when he ap­peared at Pais­ley Sher­iff Court yes­ter­day.

The court heard Watt told po­lice in­ves­ti­gat­ing his abuse that he had been “very much into a hippy re­li­gious sect in the 1960s and 70s”.

Sher­if­f­jamesspy­warned Watt he could be jailed for the of­fences, con­tin­ued his bail, and de­ferred sen­tence for back­ground re­ports to be pre­pared.

Watt, who pre­vi­ously lived in Ed­in­burgh, Pais­ley, Dum­bar­ton, and now lives in May­bole, will learn his fate in De­cem­ber.

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