A BOY was regularly sexually assaulted by a nasty taxi driver who was trusted to take him to school.
John Walls, 59, first attacked the schoolboy when he was just 11 while working for a company that had a school bus contract with local authorities.
The walls coldly targeted the youngster while they were alone together in his taxi between March 2016 and September 2020, the court heard.
“The boy struggled to estimate the number of times this conduct occurred,” said prosecutor Kath Harper.
When the child moved to another school, the evil taxi driver continued to keep in touch with him through social media.
He would meet him in his taxi and stop at various places around Dumfries, Scotland, to continue to abuse him.
The boy’s mother became concerned when she noticed Walls sitting in his cab near her house and then spoke to the police.
Her son then told a teacher that he had been abused by the taxi driver.
Walls admitted his sickening abuse at a “family summit” with relatives, Glasgow High Court has learned.
He was arrested in September last year after telling his relatives that the victim was “telling the truth”, saying he “could not lie anymore”.
He was sentenced to four years and eight months in prison Tuesday after pleading guilty to sexual assault and rape charges.
The 59-year-old, from Dumfries, will be watched for an additional three years upon his release from prison.
“It was a deplorable abuse which must have caused lasting distress to this vulnerable young boy,” Judge Lord Clark said.
He said his sentence would have been seven years if Walls had not pleaded guilty.
Walls had made no comment when initially questioned by cops, defense lawyer Lorraine Glancy said.
“It would appear that the shame and remorse – which he continues to display – was apparent when he returned home and told his wife about it.
“His wife then summoned other relatives for a family summit and in that he made a full and frank confession,” she said.