Scots lawyer embroiled in ‘sextortion’ probe amid claims of £80,000 blackmail plot

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A top lawyer is at the center of a “sextortion” probe amid claims his gay lover blackmailed him over their affair.

The married 64-year-old solicitor called in police after the 26-year-old male suspect turned up at his house with presents.

Claims include the student demanded £80,000 from the retired legal firm boss.

It is understood the pair met via an adult website and regularly had sex at the suspect’s flat.

At least one video of the pair having intercourse was made.

Both men, who live in Ayrshire, appear to consent to the footage being created, it has been claimed.

The suspect has appeared at Kilmarnock Sheriff Court.

The content which included incest role play was shared on an adult video platform, it’s been alleged.

Police Scotland arrested the suspect over revenge porn allegations on Boxing Day after he arrived at the lawyer’s family home with presents.

It has been claimed he made threats to expose their relationship.

The alleged victim, who recently stepped down as a senior figure within a Glasgow law firm, showered the suspect with cash and financial help, it has been claimed.

He is also due to appear at Edinburgh Sheriff Court.

Incidents involving the pair were investigated by Police Scotland and reports have been sent to the procurator fiscal.

Trials in connection with their relationship are scheduled for Edinburgh Sheriff Court and Kilmarnock Sheriff Court.

Prosecutors claim that suspect did “disclose a number of images and a film which showed or appeared to show” the lawyer “in an intimate situation”.

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It’s alleged he shared the footage on social media and that it showed the pair “in a state of undress” and “engaged in sexual activity”.

He has been charged under Section 2(1) of the Abusive Behavior and Sexual Harm (Scotland) Act 2016 and also faces a second charge of behaving in a threatening or abusive manner.

Prosecutors allege he broke Section 38(1) of the Criminal Justice and Licensing (Scotland) Act 2010 by posting online that the lawyer was a rapist.

The man has appeared in court in both Edinburgh and Kilmarnock to face the allegations and was released on bail over the claims.

The solicitor involved was director of a number of different companies during his career.

The company has boasted online of it’s “reliability and transparency”.

A source said: “This is a very complicated case that will have serious ramifications regardless of the outcome.

“It looks certain to go to court which will be a disaster for both men.

“One man has his reputation and family life completely on the line while the other is facing serious charges and future prospects badly damaged.

“It is claimed the suspect wanted £80,000 but he denies that it was ever the case.

“Given the career the lawyer built along with his reputation, people are understandably shocked at the allegations.

“The exact details of what happened will all come out in due course.”

A Police Scotland spokesperson said: “A 26-year-old man has been arrested and charged in connection with a number of allegations which were reported to police on Sunday, December 26, 2021.

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“He was released on an undertaking to appear at court at a later date. A report has been submitted to the procurator fiscal.”

A hearing at Kilmarnock Sheriff Court is expected to take place next month.

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