September 2022

Edinburgh driving instructor touched legs and thighs of teenagers he taught

A pervert driving instructor who sexually assaulted two teenagers while giving them road lessons has escaped a jail sentence.

Findlay Munro preyed on one teen by touching her on the hand, legs and bottom while he also rubbed the thigh of a second young woman after being hired to teach the pair to drive.

Munro, 62, also made vile sexual comments to two further female victims while driving on roads in Edinburgh city centre between December 2020 and August last year.

Munro appeared at the capital’s sheriff court earlier this year to admit the offences and he was back in the dock for sentencing on Tuesday.

Sheriff Adrian Fraser told the shamed instructor he had committed a serious “breach of trust” by sexually assaulting the women while working for the Red Driving School.

Sheriff Fraser sentenced Munro to a community-based disposal as a direct alternative to a custodial sentence.

Munro, from Baberton, Edinburgh, was placed on the sex offenders register and under the supervision of the social work deportment for the next two years.

He was also told he must comply with a conduct requirement where he will have to attend “offence focused work” sessions when asked to do so by his supervising officer.

The sheriff said: “As indicated I take the view this is a very serious charge and involves a breach of trust.”

Previously the court heard Munro, who had been a driving instructor for 11 years, was snared after one 17-year-old victim broke down and confessed to her mother what had been happening to her during lessons.

The disgusted mum immediately contacted the police and after also informing the driving school Munro was sacked from his position.

He also admitted to causing two women to hear sexual verbal communications by making inappropriate comments about their appearance and their personal relationships between the same dates.