August 2011

Police sergeant Paul Greig jailed for raping two girls

A police sergeant found guilty of raping two young girls 36 years ago when he was babysitting them has been jailed for eight years.

Paul Greig of Armadale, 51, had denied raping the sisters at a house in West Lothian between 1974 and 1975. He was 13 and 14 years old at the time.

The Lothian and Borders officer had also denied indecent behaviour with the girls over the same period.

He was sentenced at the High Court in Edinburgh.

One of his victims was aged between eight and nine and the other between six and seven at the time.

Giving evidence in June during a week-long trial, the women, now in their 40s, described how Greig threatened them that if they told anyone what was happening their father would go to jail and they would be sent to a home.

Victims ‘terrified’

Despite being bathed and put in their pyjamas by their mother before she left, the women said Greig would give them another bath and then sexually abuse and rape them.

The women said they had been terrified.

The offences were not reported to the police until January of last year.

In his closing address to the jury, Advocate Depute Andrew Stewart QC had said a delay in reporting such matters did not mean the women were lying.

Research showed that many victims of sexual assault did not do so either because of threats or because they felt they would not be believed.

Sentencing Greig Judge Lord Kinclaven said: “The complainers were terrified, it is clear you have caused a high level of harm.

“There is no alternative to a significant custodial sentence.”

Greig, a married man with a grown-up son and daughter, joined the police force in 1993 and has been suspended from duty since January 2010.

He was placed on the sex offenders register last month.