A former ice-cream man was jailed for ten years today at the High Court in Edinburgh.
Robert Gill (41) abused youngsters in Bo’ness and Edinburgh in a sex crime spree spanning more than two decades.
The High Court in Edinburgh heard how Gill groomed boys whom he befriended before molesting them.
Lord Glennie told Gill: “Three of the charges are charges of the utmost seriousness.”
The judge noted that Gill continued to protest his innocence but said that following the jury’s decision a lengthy prison sentence was inevitable, to act as a punishment and to “send out a message to others”.
He also ordered that Gill be placed on supervision for a further period of three years and told him: “It is clear you continue to pose a serious risk.”
Gill, who at one stage ran an ice cream van trading as Robbie’s Ices, provided victims with cannabis, tobacco, trips and treats before committing a catalogue of offending against seven boys.
One 14-year-old rape victim was photographed by Gill after he supplied him with cannabis and sexually assaulted him at a house in Bo’ness.