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Former Children’s Home Worker Jailed for Sex Abuse

A former Edinburgh Children’s Home worker who abused young boys in his care was today jailed for a total of four years. 64 year old Gordon Knott abused the two boys at the local authority run home and various locations around Edinburgh between August 1973 and November 1980. When the abuse started his victims were just five and six years old.

The trial at the High Court in Edinburgh heard that Knott abused the boys by touching them, exposing himself to them, performing sex acts in front of them or forcing them to perform sex acts on him.

On a number of occasions following the abuse the boys were warned by Knott of the consequences of saying anything to anyone.

Speaking after the sentencing, Procurator Fiscal for Sexual Offences, Kenny Donnelly said:

“Gordon Knott was in a position of trust but unknown to the community he served, he was a sexual predator who targeted young boys for his sexual gratification.

“His actions have had a devastating impact on his victims and their families.

“These actions and the harm they caused cannot be undone but it is hoped that him being brought to justice will bring some measure of closure to all involved.

“Anyone who has suffered abuse, even decades ago, need not suffer in silence. Victims of abuse can be confident that if they report their experiences to the Police they will be treated with the utmost professionalism and sensitivity by them and our expert prosecutors.”