Tayside and Central Scotland

Primary teacher Caven Muirhead guilty of abusing brothers

Caven Muirhead
Image caption Muirhead was found guilty of five charges

A primary school teacher who took two pupils on holidays and trips before sexually abusing them is facing jail.

Caven Muirhead, 56, was found guilty of five charges of using lewd and libidinous practices and behaviour towards the boys, who are brothers.

Stirling Sheriff Court heard how he groomed them and befriended their parents then abused them over a seven year period between 1989 and 1996.

Sheriff William Gilchrist deferred sentence until next month.

A three-day trial heard that Muirhead abused the brothers in caravan parks, woods, and in his bedroom as his elderly parents sat downstairs.

He treated them to outings which were described by Suzanne Hutchison, prosecuting, as being like "every little boy's dreams".

They included go-karting, trips to Knockhill racing circuit, drives in "sporty cars", and a visit to the airshow at RAF Leuchars.

Caravan holiday

On the way back from the airshow with one of the brothers, and two other little boys, the court heard Muirhead stopped in a lay-by, locked the other boys in the car as they lay sleeping, and took his victim, now aged 31, into the woods.

There he made then boy watch while he performed a sex act.

A similar incident happened in Muirhead's bedroom at his home in Tillicoultry and he also abused the boy twice on a caravan holiday in northern Scotland.

The victim said Muirhead had turned his attention to him after earlier taking his elder brother away on trips.

He said after the incident in the teacher's bedroom, Muirhead had told him it had never happened before.

He said: "He said it was as much my fault as his, and if it came out I'd get into more trouble."

The court heard Muirhead had earlier targeted the elder of the two brothers, now 34, in a caravan at Findhorn Bay near Lossiemouth, and after showing him an adult pornographic film.

The victim said he buried the knowledge of what happened for years until he told health professionals in 2010. His brother then blew the whistle too.

Sheriff Gilchrist deferred sentence until next month and placed Muirhead on the sex offenders register.

Outside court, members of the victims' family said they were "ecstatic" at the verdicts.

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