A MAN has been sentenced for historic sex offences against children in Shetland.

Stephen Tait, 41, was convicted on 1 March 2024 following a trial of six offences against six boys, when he was a primary school teacher in Lerwick.

Today (Monday) he was sentenced to two years and six months in jail after being found guilty of non-recent sexual offences.

The offences were committed between August 2009 and July 2010 and reported to Police Scotland in 2020. Tait was subsequently arrested and charged with the crimes in May 2021.

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Detective chief inspector Craig Still said: “Stephen Tait abused his position of trust as a teacher, and I would commend the victims for coming forward and reporting his behaviour to us.

“Investigating events that have happened in the past can present challenges and it can sometimes only be with hindsight that people recognise that what happened to them was abuse.

“Police Scotland has highly trained, specialist officers, across the country who can investigate such offences and, working with partners, ensure perpetrators are brought to justice.

“We are committed to investigating all reports regardless of when abuse happened, where it took place or who was involved. We will listen, we will investigate, and we will take prompt action to ensure that no-one else is at risk of harm.‎ We would ask anyone wishing to report abuse to contact us on 101.”