Bo’ness man accused of sexual abuse against teens

The trial is taking place at the High Court in Livingston
The trial is taking place at the High Court in Livingston

A man has gone on trial accused of sexually abusing teenage boys over two decades.

Robert Gill (41) is alleged to have interfered with his first victim at the Commonwealth Pool and other addresses in Edinburgh in 1993 or 1994 when the youngster was aged 13.

The Crown alleges that Gill supplied some of the teenagers with cannabis and took indecent photographs of them while he abused them.

The charges include having “an unnatural carnal connection” with a boy who was aged between 12 and 14 and raping the same youth after supplying him with the drug when he was aged between 13 and 15.

Gill is also accused of taking photographs of youngsters when they were naked, and possessing and distributing indecent photographs of children via Facebook. It’s alleged that he intentionally caused one youth to look at a sexual image by sending it to him via a text message

He is also charged with being concerned in the supply of cannabis to six of the teenagers and producing the Class ‘B’ drug at his home in Stewart Avenue, Bo’ness in February last year.

Gill faces a total of 17 charges involving under-age boys at addresses in Edinburgh and Bo’ness between April 6, 1993 and February 5, 2015.

They include four counts lewd, indecent and libidinous behaviour, four of sexual or indecent assault, intentionally causing a 15-year-old boy to engage in sexual activity, and one rape.

A jury at the High Court in Livingston heard agreed evidence that Gill used to operate an ice cream van, trading under the name Robbie’s Ices.

The court was also told that he used the pseudonym of Robbie or ‘Robs” Hunter for Facebook and email accounts.

Gill denies all the charges and the trial, before Lord Glennie, continues.