Man Convicted of Offences Against Men in Glasgow

A man who carried out a series of sexual offences against adult men in the Glasgow and Edinburgh areas has been convicted.

At Edinburgh Sheriff Court on Wednesday 7th August, Kevin O’Gorman was found guilty of a number of crimes including sexual assault and indecent assault.

Between 2005 and 2017 45-year-old O’Gorman worked as part of the teaching staff for Strathclyde University, and then Heriot Watt University.

During his tenure at these organisations he targeted a number of individuals.

An investigation was launched by Edinburgh’s Public Protection Unit in September 2017, after staff at Heriot Watt University reported disclosures, which had been made by men who had been abused by O’Gorman.

Following three months of inquiry, he was subsequently arrested and charged in December 2017.

Detective Chief Inspector Martin MacLean from Edinburgh’s PPU said: “Kevin O’Gorman abused the trust that various students placed in him. He exploited these men’s desires to further their academic careers by subjecting them to years of abuse, all for his own gratification.

“To those on the outside, O’Gorman was a well-respected and celebrated professor. However, he used this to leverage the men he targeted and to keep his offences hidden.

“Had it not been for the decisive action taken by staff at Heriot Watt University, and the willingness of those he abused to assist with our investigation, then O’Gorman would have continued to offend without ever coming to the attention of police.

“We want to make it clear that abuse of any nature will not be tolerated and anyone affected by such offences should not suffer in silence. Please come forward and report the matter so we can bring the perpetrator to justice.”