Trial begins of former chief executive of Aberdeen Council of Voluntary Organisations

Ian Paterson appears at Aberdeen Sheriff Court to face charges of indecent assault

Aberdeen Sheriff Court
Aberdeen Sheriff Court

The former chief executive of Aberdeen Council of Voluntary Organisations has appeared in court on charges of indecent assault.

Ian Paterson, 62, of Ellon in Aberdeenshire, appeared at Aberdeen Sheriff Court yesterday to face trial.

He is accused of three cases of indecent assault and a further six charges of violation of section three of the Sexual Offences (Scotland) Act 2009.

Section three relates to people who suffer from mental disorders and their capacity to consent to sexual activity.

Some of the charges relate to claims that Paterson touched office workers inappropriately while they were at work.

Paterson, who denies all the charges, stepped down from his role as chief executive of the charity last year after he was charged.

Paterson, a former police officer, had been at the charity, which provides support to voluntary sector organisations in Aberdeen, since 2009.

Joyce Duncan has since been appointed chief executive of the charity in his place.

Nobody from the charity was available for comment.

The trial continues.

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