August 2017: Now living in Blackford

September 2009

Ex-Scout head ‘a danger to boys’

A judge has told a former Scout group chairman and children’s charity worker who sexually abused three youngsters that he was a “danger to boys”.

Father-of-two Alan Wilson, 65, from Inverness, was jailed for four years at the High Court in Glasgow. He had earlier admitted five charges.

Judge Lady Stacey said Wilson was considered a high risk of reoffending.

Wilson’s wife, who is standing by her husband, blew him kisses as he was led away from court.

Wilson, a former managing director of a construction and demolition firm, had previously admitted a charge of lewd, indecent and libidinous practices and two charges of sexual assault against one boy, then aged between 12 and 16, between December 1989 and August 1993.

He also admitted a charge of using lewd, indecent and libidinous practices towards a boy, aged between nine and 11, at the Inverness Aquadome swimming pool between 1 July 2006 and 31 December 2007.

Wilson pled guilty to a further charge of using lewd, indecent and libidinous practices towards a nine-year-old boy at his home between 1 January and 8 February 2008.

He was chairman of Lochardil Scout Group and secretary of the Inverness-Nairn Link of the Chernobyl Children Lifeline charity, which brings ill youngsters from Belarus for holidays in the Highlands.

Chernobyl Children Lifeline conducted its own investigation into Wilson when he was arrested by police. The charity found no evidence any of the children it was involved with had come to any harm.

The court heard that parents of the abused boys trusted Wilson because of his involvement with the two groups.

The abuse took place in a hot tub at an Inverness hotel and following swimming lessons.

Defence advocate Catherine Smith told the court that Wilson’s wife and two daughters continued to support him.

She said: “Apart from these offences he has lived a law-abiding life and has contributed to society through his employment and charitable work.

“He pleaded guilty and saved his victims from having to give evidence. He realises the significant damage and ongoing effect of his actions on the complainers.”

Lady Stacey said Wilson had arranged circumstances which enabled him to carry out the abuse.

She said: “It is clear you are a danger to boys and a risk assessment found that you are at high risk of reoffending.

“The compiler of the report is of the opinion that that risk is on-going.”

‘Tremendous courage’

Lady Stacey ordered Wilson to be monitored in the community for two years after his release from prison and referred him to Scottish Ministers as unsuitable to ever work with children.

He was also placed on the sex offenders’ register.

Northern Constabulary said its investigation began in February 2008 when a nine-year-old boy reported that he had been abused.

Det Sgt Eddie Ross, of Northern’s family protection unit, said: “Alan Wilson was a businessman who was well known in the Inverness area.

“He was heavily involved with voluntary groups and charitable organisations.

“He used his status in the community to gain the trust of his victims’ parents and abused that trust.”

The officer added: “His victims, one aged as young as nine-years-old and some who are now men in their 30s, have shown tremendous courage in coming forward, and hopefully today’s sentence will bring some form of closure to them.”