West Lothian karate coach sent sleazy Facebook messages to teen

Callum McLay.
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A school karate coach from West Lothian has been convicted of sending sleazy sexual messages to a teenage girl.

Callum McLay, 53, went on to the 15-year-old girl’s Facebook page the night after giving her a massage at his home, a court heard

He drunkenly posted a string of seedy messages suggesting she could have stayed at his house because his family were away on holiday.

McLay appeared for sentence at Livingston Sheriff Court yesterday after earlier pleading guilty to sending the youngster “sexually suggestive electronic messages” on Saturday March 11.

Sheriff Susan Craig ordered him to carry out 240 hours of unpaid work within six months under a community payback order as punishment.

She also told him his name would remain on the sex offenders’ register for the same period.

She warned McClay that he was not allowed to have unsupervised contact with any child under the age of 16 while he remained on the register.

The girl’s mum – who can’t be named for legal reasons – reacted with fury to the sentence.

She said McClay had shown “absolutely no remorse” for what he had done to her daughter.

She blasted: “No punishment was ever going to be good enough for him. He and his wife were laughing and joking in court while waiting on the sheriff. What has he got to be laughing at? He was about to be sentenced for grooming a child!

“In my eyes that showed just how little he cares about what he’s done or about the impact this will have on not just him but his family.

“I would like to say he’s now got to live with his actions but, from what I’ve witnessed, he is still the arrogant pig he always was, and nothing will change that.”

McLay, who was named a national coach for Kata Karate by the sport’s governing body in Scotland last year, ran a karate school and massage business from his home in Seafield, West Lothian.

He is a Sixth Dan in the martial art – the highest level of any Scot – and was a ‘Massage in Schools’ instructor for children aged 4-12 years.

The court was told earlier that his first message to the girl read: “Hope you enjoyed your massage as much as I did putting my hands on you.”

A second message read: “Hope I didn’t embarrass you too much LOL” followed by: “Don’t tell T… (another girl) about this as she will be mortified that I have messaged you.”

Just after midnight the teenager received further messages from McLay. The first said: “Goodnight. I might be pissed, but missing you xx”.

When the girl replied: “Night”, McLay asked her: “How are you still awake?”

She said she was staying at a friend’s house and he replied: “You never said. You could have stayed at mine xx”.

McLay admitted to police that he’d been drunk after watching the rugby, and his wife and children had been away at a caravan park.

He said there had been “previous flirtations” between the two of them but admitted he could see how the messages ‘might be construed’.