Former head of Aberdeen Council of Voluntary Organisations guilty of indecent assault

Ian Paterson was convicted of three out of nine charges after a six-day trial at Aberdeen Sheriff Court

Ian Paterson
Ian Paterson

The former chief executive of the Aberdeen Council of Voluntary Organisations has been found guilty of three charges of indecent assault.

Ian Paterson, 62, of Ellon in Aberdeenshire, was convicted of the charges yesterday at Aberdeen Sheriff Court, after a six-day trial.

He had denied nine charges of indecent and sexual assaults. He was found guilty of three of the charges by a majority verdict.

Of the other six charges, one was dropped by the prosecution, he was found not guilty of two and three were not proven.

Paterson, a former chief superintendent of Grampian Police, stepped down from the charity, which provides support to voluntary sector organisations in Aberdeen, in November last year after he was charged with the assaults.

Paterson, who joined the ACVO in 2009, will be sentenced at Aberdeen Sheriff Court on 11 November.

A spokesman for the charity said: "Ian Paterson resigned from his position as chief executive of ACVO in November 2012. We know the judgment of the court, but no member of ACVO’s staff wishes to make any comments or take part in any interviews."

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