November 2009

Former Olympian jailed over ‘cyber-sex’ sessions con

A former weightlifting champion has been jailed for three years for tricking young boys into taking part in internet “cyber-sex” sessions.

Alan Ogilvie was a Scottish sporting hero in the late 1980s, lifting weights for Britain at two Olympic Games.

In court previously Ogilvie admitted communicating with young men under the age of 16 between 1 September 2008 and 2 June 2009, from an Edinburgh address.

His home was raided after he let slip to a nurse what he had been doing.

The 41-year-old posted lewd footage of teenage girls on the web, which boys thought came from live webcams they could interact with.

Edinburgh Sheriff Court heard how Ogilvie would then record the teenage boys exposing themselves and performing sex acts.

Ogilvie, listed as a prisoner in Edinburgh, later told his community nurse he had taken part in what he referred to as “cyber-sex”.

Ogilvie was previously banned from communicating with boys under-16 as part of a five-year sexual offences prevention order.

When police took the computer away for forensic examination, they found 10 video clips of young boys aged between 13 and 15, categorised by name and age.

In 2003 Ogilvie was jailed for 18 months after admitting a breach of the peace involving two young boys at an Edinburgh public toilet the previous year.

He was also previously jailed for a child pornography conviction.

Fiscal depute Melanie Ward said the young men were not aware they had actually been interacting with a man and not a teenager of the opposite sex about the same age as them.

Defence agent Ray Megson said Ogilvie had been looking for help which he has so far been denied.

Mr Megson added that Ogilvie was below average intelligence and knew he had a problem.

The agent added that the teenagers had voluntarily put themselves on the web and that Ogilvie had not been a risk to the public at large.

Sheriff William Holligan told Ogilvie: “There is some concern to the public interest and public protection and it is against that background I consider sentence.”

March 2003

Weightlifter ‘lured boys to toilet’

A former Commonwealth Games medallist and champion weightlifter has been jailed for 18 months after luring two young boys into a public toilet with promises of money.

Sheriff Roger Craig QC described convicted paedophile Alan Ogilvie’s behaviour as alarming and disturbing.

And he said it was “unfortunate” that the 34-year-old had been charged with a breach of the peace rather than a sexual offence for which he could have imposed a longer sentence.

Ogilvie had previously been jailed for downloading 22,000 images of child pornography from the internet.

His two year sentence was reduced to six months on appeal.

The eight-time European weightlifting champion is a registered sex offender.

Last October he approached the two brothers, from Livingston in West Lothian, in the St James shopping centre in Edinburgh.

He eventually persuaded the boys, who were aged 11 and 12, to go to a toilet after offering them money.

They followed him inside out of curiosity but became scared and fled back to the centre’s customer services desk, where an assistant contacted the police.

Ogilvie, of Comely Bank Row, Edinburgh, was identified by CCTV footage.

He pleaded guilty to committing a breach of the peace shortly before his trial was due to start at Edinburgh Sheriff Court last month.

Defence solicitor Ray Megson said that his client, who has the mental age of a child and suffered sexual abuse as a boy, had tried to harm himself while awaiting his court appearance.

Ogilvie began his weightlifting career at the age of 14.

He first competed for Scotland in the 1986 Commonwealth Games and won three medals in the Auckland games four years later.

The former world record holder also represented Great Britain in two Olympic teams and eight European championships.