Glasgow & West Scotland

South Lanarkshire teacher faces pupil abuse and rape charges

A teacher is to stand trial charged with sexually abusing two pupils at schools in South Lanarkshire.

Ronald Burton, 60, is accused of abusing one boy, who was aged between 11 and 13, from 1994 until 1996.

It is further alleged he raped and sexually assaulted another male pupil, aged 13, in 2014.

At the High Court in Glasgow, Mr Burton denied a total of seven charges against him. Judge Lady Scott set a trial due to begin in July.

The two boys involved are listed on the indictment as being his pupils at the time.

The charges also include claims that Mr Burton bought one child a gym membership and took him there.

It is also alleged that during one attack, at the accused's home in East Kilbride, Mr Burton "did hypnotise the youngster or attempt to".

He is further said to have supplied cannabis to the boy.

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