July 2019: Jolly died in jail as he faced fresh child sex charges

January 2018

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

A football coach ex-cop carried out a “depraved catalogue” of abuse against kids as young as 12.

Sick Ian Jolly, 70, was a serving police officer when he preyed on some of his victims.

The vile attacks happened over an 11-year-period in the 1980s and 90s at various addresses across Aberdeenshire.

The pensioner was caged for 27 months yesterday after the nationwide football abuse scandal encouraged his victims to come forward.

Sheriff William Summers told him: “This was a catalogue of depraved abuse against young boys over a prolonged period of time.

“This was a plain abuse by you of the position of trust that you enjoyed.

“Because of the gravity of these offences there is no appropriate alternative to me other than to impose a custodial sentence.”

Twisted Jolly admitted molesting four young boys, aged from 12 to 16, between 1987 and 1998.

He sexually abused one victim several times over three years and exposed himself to the youngster, as well as touching him inappropriately.

He exposed himself to another two boys and in another attack placed his hand on a victim’s thigh and touched him through his trousers.

The court was told that some of Jolly’s victims were members of a football club he coached in the early 1990s.

It was claimed one of the boys became so accustomed to the abuse that he did as he was told just to get it over and done with.

Jolly,who lives in sheltered housing in Edinburgh, was finally exposed as a beast after the national football abuse scandal hit the headlines and one of his victims decided to go to the police.

Jolly was also placed on the sex offender’s register for ten years.

December 2017

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.