Eleven adults in Scotland have been arrested and charged with various horrific crimes related to a so-called "paedo ring" that they allegedly ran for 10 years.
Iain Owens, 43, Elaine Lannery, 38, Lesley Williams, 40, Paul Brannan, 40, Marianne Gallagher, 37, Scott Forbes, 49, Barry Watson, 46, Mark Carr, 49, Richard Gachagan, 44, Leona Laing, 50, and John Clark, 46, all of the greater-Glasgow area, were brought before the High Court in Glasgow to face charges related to crimes they allegedly committed against three children, two girls and one boy, between January 2010 and March 2020.
The indictment claims that, at various times, six of the defendants shoved the younger female "into a microwave oven, an oven, a fridge, a freezer and cupboards including a cupboard containing an electricity meter.” They also supposedly hanged the girl on a hook by her sweater.
All eleven have been accused of repeatedly raping all three children. During some of the sexual assaults, other defendants would supposedly "clap, cheer and verbally encourage" as they filmed the rapes. At least two of the adults also allegedly engaged in sexual acts in front of the children.
Aside from the sexual assault charges, the defendants have also been accused of forcing the children to participate in satanic "seances" and compelling them to "use a Ouija board ... to call on spirits and demons." The children were also supposedly made to watch "classes involving witchcraft, point wands and utter spells thus causing them to believe that they could levitate."
The accused also occasionally wore devilish costumes and blew smoke from various drugs into the children's faces.
Other charges leveled at the defendants involve the abuse and torture of animals. Some of the adults have been accused of forcing the children to kill dogs and forcing the boy to stab a bird to death. One of the girls was also supposedly made "to act like a dog" and "eat cat and dog food" until she vomited.
There are yet still more charges issued against the defendants, but these charges are apparently so heinous that writers at the Scottish Sun refused to print them.
The identities of the children have not been released, and it is not known whether any of the children are related to any of the accused. There were 16 or 17 total adults named in the indictment, but anywhere from three to five of them have already died.
Judge John Beckett scheduled a hearing for either some or all of the defendants in October and an eight-week trial is set to begin in September 2023.