Former wrestler guilty of breaching sex offenders order

HAMILTON SHERIFF COURT
HAMILTON SHERIFF COURT
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A former Olympic wrestling hopeful and reality TV contestant has been convicted of making an inappropriate sexual comment to four teenage girls.

Hamilton Sheriff Court heard Jim Brown approached two 14-year-old girls and two aged 13, shouted at them and followed them in Main Street, Holytown.

In doing so he breached a sexual offences prevention order imposed at the same court in September 2011. This banned him from having unsupervised contact with children under 17.

Brown (26), of Main Street, Holytown, denied the charge when he stood trial before a jury this week. But he was found guilty and sentence was deferred for a month.

He has been held in custody since his arrest after the incident in February this year.

Two of the girls told Amanda Gallacher, prosecuting, they picked out Brown at an identity parade as the man who had approached them and made an indecent remark.

Brown claimed it was a case of mistaken identity and he was at home having dinner at the time.

The court heard he was a Government-sponsored athlete for five years, but his hopes of representing his country at the Olympics ended when he was put on the sex offenders’ register less than a year before London 2012.

That case involved possession of indecent images of children and performing an indecent act in a cubicle at Wishaw Sports Centre.

Brown denied both charges, but again a jury found him guilty.

At that time he was put on the sex offenders’ register for five years. The court heard an assessment concluded he was at ‘very high risk’ of re-offending.

Brown, who was a contestant in the dating show Take Me Out, told the court this week he was ‘finished’ as a wrestler after his conviction in 2011.

He said he now works as a personal trainer and clients include a Scottish Premier League football team.

Brown said he was well known after nationwide publicity following his earlier conviction. He suggested the girls who picked him out at the ID parade had seen pictures of him on the internet.

He told the court: “I don’t question there was an incident, but it was mistaken identity and Jim Brown got the blame because of the trouble two years ago.”

However, Ms Gallacher said the witnesses had identified him not because he was Jim Brown but because he was the person who had approached them.

And PC Anthony Cunningham, reporting officer in the case, told the court: “In my opinion all four girls were credible witnesses. Had I not thought so I would have taken the investigation no further.

“I was satisfied they were telling the truth.”