Sex cult OAP is warned he faces prison
Kids were targeted by ‘religious cult’pervert
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.