Belfast man who abused child as a teenager avoids jail
A Belfast man who sexually abused a child in a sweet shop, in bushes at a public park and in a derelict building has avoided being sent to jail.
Scott McCutcheon (30), of Roslyn Street in the city – who was a child himself when he started abusing the younger boy – appeared in the dock of Belfast Crown Court, where he admitted seven charges of indecent assault and three of gross indecency.
The offending, which spanned a period from January 1998 to February 2004, was carried out in east Belfast.
The court heard the victim, who was 11 when he was first targeted by the then 14-year-old McCutcheon, was a "vulnerable" child with mental health issues who continues to receive psychiatric treatment.
Judge David McFarland said he hoped McCutcheon's guilty pleas would vindicate the victim.
The judge handed McCutcheon a two-year prison sentence, which was suspended for three years.