Sex cult OAP is warned he faces prison

Kids were tar­geted by ‘re­li­gious cult’per­vert

Lennox Herald - - NEWS - Ron Moore

A mem­ber of a re­li­gious sex cult who sex­u­ally abused young chil­dren has been warned he faces jail.

Dum­bar­ton pen­sioner Alexander Watt, 68, be­longed to the con­tro­ver­sial Chil­dren of God or­gan­i­sa­tion when he car­ried out sex­ual of­fences against two young­sters in the 1980s.

Pais­ley Sher­iff Court heard that Watt - who tar­geted the chil­dren in Ren­frew­shire and on the east coast first at­tacked a girl aged be­tween four and eight and he kissed her on the body, ex­posed him­self and en­ticed her to touch him.

The ac­cused also at­tacked a young boy aged be­tween seven and nine where he touched his body and en­ticed him to touch him, as well as ex­pos­ing him­self.

Watt ap­peared be­fore Sher­iff James Spy last week where he pleaded guilty to four charges of as­sault and lewd, in­de­cent and li­bidi­nous be­hav­iour against the chil­dren.

His de­praved ac­tions only came to light af­ter the vic­tims, who can­not be iden­ti­fied, bravely came for­ward and shared their or­deal with po­lice.

Fis­cal de­pute David McDon­ald told the court: “The ac­cused was a mem­ber of the or­gan­i­sa­tion The Chil­dren of God, aka The Fam­ily, an or­gan­i­sa­tion which orig­i­nated in Amer­ica founded by David Berg.

“Pub­licly avail­able in­for­ma­tion sug­gests it was a sex cult with fairly lax rules over mem­bers sex­ual con­tact re­gard­less of age.

“Th­ese rules changed in 1986 when sex­ual con­tact be­tween adults and chil­dren be­came an ex­com­mu­ni­ca­ble of­fence.

“The ac­cused sub­scribed to the group’s be­lief ‘God is Love,’ ‘Love is Sex’ and that love could not be re­stricted by age.

“One child was four or five years old, and she was naked when he sat down next to her and kissed her.”

The court was told the child was left feel­ing up­set at the in­ci­dent which took place in the mid 1980s.

On another oc­ca­sion, when the young­ster was aged around seven or eight, he at­tacked her again, when he un­dressed in front of her and ex­posed him­self and asked her to touch him.

The ac­cused also at­tacked another child in the late 1980s - touch­ing the young boy’s pri­vate parts, and ask­ing the child “how if felt.”

The fis­cal added when the ac­cused ex­posed him­self to the young­ster, he told the boy “there was noth­ing to be em­bar­rassed about.”

It emerged one of the com­plain­ers had de­cided to come for­ward and re­port Watt to the au­thor­i­ties, who be­gan an investigation.

The fis­cal added when po­lice at­tended his home in Au­gust 2016 dur­ing the investigation, Watt - who pre­vi­ously lived in Al­clutha Av­enue, Dum­bar­ton, but now re­sides in Ayr­shire - ad­mit­ted he was part of a re­li­gious sect which be­lieved “early years sex ed­u­ca­tion meant free­dom for its mem­bers.”

How­ever, he gave “no com­ment” an­swers to po­lice when asked about spe­cific sex­ual of­fences against the young­sters.

De­fence coun­sel Joe Barr said: “His plea of guilty is sin­cere, re­gret­ful, and apolo­getic to­wards the com­plain­ers.

“He recog­nises the dis­tress he has caused them...and he bit­terly re­grets it.

“He was a mem­ber of the Chil­dren of God, which has been de­scribed as a sex cult, but was a re­li­gious cult and since his de­par­ture he has no longer sub­scribed to their views. He left the cult in 1989.”

The lawyer added Watt said the of­fences were “not for his own sex­ual grat­i­fi­ca­tion,” and that it was not his “in­ten­tion to cor­rupt,” the young­sters.

Mr Barr said Watt be­lieved his ac­tiv­i­ties were in ac­cor­dance with “the re­li­gious sect of which he was a mem­ber and he be­lieved in their teach­ings.”

Sher­iff James Spy said: “Th­ese are se­ri­ous charges to which you have pleaded guilty.

“I will de­fer sen­tence to ob­tain a Crim­i­nal Jus­tice So­cial Work Re­port and a Path­ways Project re­port.

“I am go­ing to con­tinue your bail and you should not take it as an in­di­ca­tion there will not be a custodial dis­posal.”

Watt was also placed on the Sex Of­fend­ers Reg­is­ter and told he will learn of his fate when he re­turns to court on De­cem­ber 21.

Vile Alexander Watt at Pais­ley Sher­iff Court af­ter ad­mit­ting sex­ual of­fences.

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