Charity gives ‘hero of the month’ award to sick sex offender jailed for abusing ‘highly vulnerable’ schoolboy
Teaching assistant Andrew Bradshaw, 59, told his 15-year-old victim’s mum he was taking her son on a trip to the seaside, but actually he took him home and sexually assaulted him
Andrew Bradshaw is presented with his award from Keep Scotland Beautiful, a council-backed charity
A sick sex offender who was jailed for abusing a “highly vulnerable” schoolboy has been given a ‘hero of the month’ award by a council-backed charity.
Andrew Bradshaw, 59, was thrown behind bars after he sexually assaulted the 15-year-old boy with learning difficulties at his home while working as a teaching assistant.
He was freed from prison and became involved in a project to clean up litter from Scottish beaches.
And Keep Scotland Beautiful, a charity backed by the Scottish government, has given Bradhaw its ‘hero of the month’ gong for his work.
It is understood Keep Scotland Beautiful bosses were unaware of Bradshaw’s past, the Daily Record reported .
He was nominated for the award by his local council’s countryside officer and posed proudly with his certificate.
Bradshaw was jailed over the crime committed in Tranent, East Lothian, while working as a teaching assistant.
He told the boy’s mother he was taking the youngster on a trip to the seaside town of Dunbar, but Bradshaw took him to his house and abused him.
He pleaded guilty at the High Court in Edinburgh and was jailed for four years and ordered to sign the sex offenders’ register for life.
Bradshaw returned to Tranent after he was freed from jail.
And concerned locals voiced their concerns when it emerged he had been awarded the Clean Up Scotland Hero Award despite his horrific past.
He was applauded for spending “hundreds of hours in all weather” collecting waste from Gosford Bay, East Lothian.
In a press release from Keep Scotland Beautiful, Bradshaw said: “I’ve shown that with persistence, even the worst of beaches can be restored to how nature intended.”
A spokesman for Keep Scotland Beautiful said: “All our heroes are nominated by others who appreciate their efforts.”
Bradshaw refused to comment at his home.