A disgraced former police officer and football coach has been jailed for more than two years for sexually abusing young boys in the 1980s and 1990s.
Ian Jolly, 70, was yesterday sentenced to 27 months behind bars at Aberdeen Sheriff Court.
The pensioner had previously admitted abusing youngsters at addresses in south and west Aberdeenshire.
David Moggach, Jolly’s solicitor, told the court his client had been a police officer at the outset of the period in which the offences took place and a social work report detailed “anxieties and stresses” he was experiencing.
Jolly had been employed by Grampian Police, but a police source told the Evening Express “none of the offences occurred when he was on duty”.
Mr Moggach said Jolly was experiencing problems with his sexuality and also developed an issue with alcohol.
He added: “He knew his past would inevitably catch up with him and he would be exposed and there would be a price to pay.”
Mr Moggach said his client had “genuine and sincere remorse” and wished to issue a “full apology”.
Jolly previously pleaded guilty to a total of seven charges, including exposing himself, performing a sex act in the presence of a young boy and abusing him on various occasions during a three-month period.
The pensioner admitted similar offences involving the same child on various occasions.
Jolly pleaded guilty to indecently assaulting the boy on various occasions over a three-year period.
The pensioner also exposed himself and performed a sex act in front of another boy on various occasions in the 1990s.
He admitted to indecently assaulting a further two boys in the same decade.
Sheriff William Summers jailed Jolly, whose address was given in court papers as Minto Street, Edinburgh.
He told Jolly he would be subject to notification requirements for sex offenders for a period of 10 years.