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Probe ordered into death of paedophile former policeman

Ian Jolly
Ian Jolly

The death of a former police officer who was jailed for sexually abusing young boys is to be probed by a sheriff.

Ian Jolly, 72, preyed on four youngsters between 1987 and 1998.

His behaviour came to light after the national football abuse scandal hit the headlines and a victim came forward.

Jolly had been involved in coaching boys football while serving as a police officer with the former Grampian police force.

During his service his job included working at Aberdeen Sheriff Court as a duty court officer.

He died following a suspected stroke in HMP Edinburgh in July last year.

A fatal accident inquiry is expected to get under way next month at Edinburgh Sheriff Court.

Jolly’s trial was told he struggled with his sexuality and being a police officer as it was an environment that wasn’t supportive of gay officers.

Sheriff William Summers told him he had abused the position of trust enjoyed by a police officer before jailing him.

He entered guilty pleas to seven charges including exposing himself, performing a sex act in the presence of a child and abusing him on various occasions during a three-month period.

Jolly also admitted similar offences and indecently assaulting the same boy on several other occasions over a three-year period.

And on various occasions in the 1990s, Jolly exposed himself and performed a sex act in front of another of the boys.

He also admitted indecently assaulting two other boys in the 1990s.

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