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Male Teacher Groomed 13-Year-Old Boy Pupil After Befriending Family

14/08/2014 16:53 | Updated 22 May 2015

Teacher groomed 13-year-old pupil after befriending family

A male teacher has been found guilty of sexually grooming a 13-year-old boy over a 10 month period.

Peter McGinnis, 48, of Glasgow, became friendly with the boy and his family after they met at school.

McGinnis offered the boy extra tuition in June, 2009, and went on to invite him to his house, where they spent time alone.

The BBC reports the teacher also took the boy and his family on trips during the school holidays, as well as taking the child on overnight stays in a hotel and a log cabin.

The pupil said he would drink alcohol with McGinnis' at his home, and claimed they had shared a room when they had gone away overnight.

The boy eventually told a member of his family what had been going on and the authorities were informed in March, 2010.

McGinnis denied any wrongdoing and said he was a 'friend of the family' and was not spending time with them in his capacity as a teacher.

He said that 'in the circumstances' he had found it appropriate to take a pupil away for the night to a log cabin.

He also confirmed to the court that he had shared a hotel room with the boy on one occasion.

Sitting at Glasgow Sheriff Court sheriff John McCormick told McGinnis that a custodial sentence was almost inevitable due to the 'insidious' nature of the charges.

He deferred sentencing McGinnis until next month, but placed him immediately on the sex offenders register.

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