Glasgow & West Scotland

Robert Harvey sentenced over sex attacks on sleeping men

A man who indecently assaulted two men at houses in Glasgow and Renfrewshire has been given a probation order.

Robert Harvey, 38, was convicted of attacking the victims in January 2000 and April 2004 in Dumbreck and Paisley.

The victims woke up to find Harvey in their beds and touching them inappropriately.

At Glasgow Sheriff Court, Harvey was given a three-year probation order and told he will be supervised and take part in a sex offenders' programme.

Harvey, from Glasgow, was originally accused of assaulting nine different people - including two females - that he knew.

Touching and cuddling

During his trial he accepted five incidents involving touching and cuddling other men, but denied seven others, claiming that four of the alleged victims were lying.

The jury convicted him of two charges of indecent assault.

One of the victims, a 33-year-old man, told the jury of an incident which took place in 2000 after he had been on a night out with Harvey.

Both had gone back to a house and it was decided Harvey would sleep on the bedroom floor.

The man told the court he woke up to find Harvey in the bed with him.

He was asked: "How were you aware that Robert was in the bed with you?"

The witness replied: "He was touching me."

The man added that he "jumped out of bed" and went to sleep on the floor.

In his evidence he said that it "wasn't anything prolonged" and that he was confused about it.

Shared bed

The man told the jury Harvey later apologised for what had happened.

His second victim, another 33-year-old man, told of an incident in April 2004.

He described being at another friend's house with Harvey for a night in, when they were drinking and socialising, and staying overnight.

The man told the court he went to bed but was later woken up.

He said: "Mr Harvey appeared in the room and explained that there was no other places to sleep, he had to share a bed with me."

The man said he had "no reason to be anxious" because he had always got on with Harvey.

He was woken up later in the night to find Harvey inappropriately touching him.

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