A TOP cop has praised the brave victims of a vile predator who indecently assaulted them when they were teenagers. 

John Queen, 68, was caged for four years at Kilmarnock Sheriff Court yesterday over the offences of indecent assault against two teenage boys whilst he was a coach at a local football team.

The offences occurred between 2005 and 2009 at his Elderslie home and a school in Paisley.

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Detective Inspector Colin Moffat, of the National Child Abuse Investigation Unit, said: “We welcome the sentencing of John Queen and I would like to acknowledge the bravery of those who came forward and worked with our specialist officers.

"We are very aware of how difficult it can be to report being a victim of child abuse. It can take many years before people feel able to report. Our assurance to anyone who may have been a victim of child abuse is that when they are ready to report we will listen, we will investigate and we will take prompt action to ensure that no-one else is at risk of harm.‎

"We are all responsible for protecting Scotland's children. It is up to all of us to recognise when a child may be at risk and to take steps to protect them and to prevent harm. It is also up to us to create an environment where people feel able to report being a victim of sexual crime without feeling shame.

"We would ask anyone who has concerns or information about any person who may pose a risk to children or who may have abused a child to contact Police Scotland on 101 or their Social Work department.”