EAST Kilbride wrestler ‘The Highlander’ is facing a jail sentence after admitting a string of sex offences against teenage boys as young as 13.
British heavyweight champion Colin McKay, 35, of St Leonards, was arrested in April after the family of one of his victims alerted police.
And during last week’s court hearing it was revealed that concerns were raised about the former Scottish Pro Wrestling Academy coach’s behaviour last September at the club, but nothing was done.
McKay set up the Scottish Pro Wrestling Academy, based in College Milton, in 2007 and is thought to have coached hundreds of young wrestlers over the years.
He pled guilty at Hamilton Sheriff Court to three separate charges of bombarding teenage boys with sick messages of a sexual nature via text, e-mail and social networking sites and forcing another boy to take and send him a picture of his genitalia.
He also admitted two further charges of taking pictures of another teenager in his boxer shorts and having penetrative sex with a 15-year-old whilst he was working as a security guard in East Kilbride Town Centre.
The offences occurred at various locations including a house in The Murray, at the Scottish Pro Wrestling Academy, in Dixon Place, College Milton Industrial Estate, and at the Scottish Pro Wrestling Academy at Barrhead Sports Centre in Barrhead between July 1, 2011, and February 10, 2012.
Fiscal depute Jacqueline Smyth described how McKay groomed many of his victims through his former role as a wrestling coach before befriending them on social networking site Facebook.
Ms Smyth told the court that McKay began messaging a 14-year-old victim just a few months after he joined the wrestling club in 2011.
McKay sent the teenager a friend request on Facebook and then began asking him explicit questions including whether he watched porn videos or had ever had sex with a boy.
When the 14-year-old’s mum eventually discovered the sick messages on her son’s Facebook page she confronted McKay who told her “it was just banter”.
The wrestling coach also bombarded a 13-year-old victim with inappropriate messages on Facebook just three weeks after he joined the wrestling club asking the teen whether he had pictures of himself in his underwear and whether the teenager was sleeping with his girlfriend.
Miss Smyth went on to say that, alarmed by McKay’s behaviour, the teenager spoke to someone at the wrestling club but no further action was taken.
The depute fiscal added that, after McKay had texted another victim on a daily basis mainly after school, the teenager had finally relented and sent McKay a picture of his genitalia.
During a separate incident McKay had told another victim that he was a “boxer perv” after the teenager revealed he was wearing pink boxer shorts.
The court also heard how McKay met a 15-year-old victim in East Kilbride Town Centre, where he was working as a security guard at the time, and took him back to his flat and made the teenager carry out sexual acts on him.
McKay took up professional wrestling at 16 and has trained many WWE stars.
He has been wrestling for over 15 years and training others for more than 10 years. During his career he has trained the top wrestlers in the country..
Initially McKay held classes in the John Wright Centre but, due to their popularity, the business has expanded with classes now held in Barrhead and Airdrie.
It has become Scotland’s leading Pro Wrestling training school.
However, the former coach cut off all ties with the business last July .
Sheriff Thomas Millar deferred sentence for reports until September 3 and McKay was remanded in custody and placed on the sex offenders’ register in the interim.