December 2017

Former North-east football coach who abused boys was also a police officer

Victims of child sex abuse were today urged to come forward after it was revealed a former football coach who abused boys was also a serving police officer.

As reported in yesterday’s Evening Express, paedophile Ian Jolly, 70, is facing a prison sentence after he admitted sexually abusing youngsters in the 1980s and 1990s.

Jolly abused children at addresses in south and west Aberdeenshire.

Since the court case it has emerged that Jolly is a former police officer who was employed by Grampian Police.

A police source told the Evening Express: “He was a serving police officer, but none of the offences occurred when he was on duty.”

The former football coach appeared in court on Tuesday where he admitted several offences involving boys.

Some of the youngsters were part of a football club Jolly coached.

Detective Inspector Mark Lambley, of the National Child Abuse Investigation Unit, said: “Police Scotland is committed to thoroughly investigating all reports of child abuse regardless of where or when this occurred and regardless of who was involved.

“If you have suffered abuse or you know someone who may have been a victim of abuse regardless of where or when it happened please call Police Scotland on 101, attend at your local police station or if you do not feel ready or able to speak to police but want to pass on information you can phone Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.”

Sheriff William Summers told Jolly he had “pleaded guilty to seven very serious sexual offences” at the hearing.

He warned Jolly he would likely face a custodial sentence given the seriousness of the offences, but deferred sentence and granted bail for the preparation of a criminal justice social work report.

Jolly, whose address was given in court papers as Minto Street, Edinburgh, will be sentenced next month.