Former senior police officer investigated over 'indecent assault'

Former acting assistant chief constable of Grampian Police Ian Paterson.
Probe: Allegations have been made against former acting assistant chief constable of Grampian Police Ian Paterson.STV

A former senior Grampian Police officer who now works for an Aberdeen charity is being investigated by his former force over an alleged indecent asssault.

Ian Paterson retired from Grampian Police and became chief executive of the Aberdeen Council of Voluntary Organisations (Acvo).

A force spokesman said they were making inquiries into allegations reported to them by the charity.

It is understood the inquiries are into allegations of indecent assault.

Acvo said Mr Paterson is on "extended leave".

A Grampian police spokeswoman said: "Grampian Police can confirm we are making inquiries into allegations reported to us by Aberdeen Council of Voluntary Organisations.

"Inquiries are at an early stage and Grampian police can make no further comment on the inquiry or the nature of the allegations."

An Acvo spokesman said: "ACVO can confirm that Ian Paterson, chief executive, is on a period of extended leave. During this time, a group of ACVO directors will be considering concerns raised about management matters."

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