Sentencing of Colin Gregg
30 Mar 2017 17:16 PM[View Full Size]
A 75- year old man has today been sentenced to 13-and-a-half years in prison for historic sexual offences against young boys.
Colin Gregg, 75, of Home Farm Stedding, Gosforth was sentenced today at Newcastle Crown Court in connection with nine sexual assaults.
Colin Gregg was arrested in January 2013 following a report of historic sexual offences. Following an investigation by specialist officers, more victims were identified and Gregg was charged with indecent assaults dating back more than 50 years.
Gregg had denied indecently assaulting four boys while working as a teacher, beginning in 1963. A jury at Leeds Crown Court found him guilty earlier this month.
He had been accused of nine counts of indecent assault on boys aged between 10 and 14.
Detective Sergeant Chris Wilson said: "We welcome the sentencing of the court today and hope this allows these victims to move on with their lives.
"Colin Gregg was in a position of trust which he used to sexually exploit children. This will have undoubtedly had a huge impact on the lives of these victims and their families. We hope today's outcome gives them a sense of justice and some closure.
"There has been a significant national increase in reporting of sexual abuse partly due to the Savile investigation and also that the public have more confidence to report abuse to the police.
"And this case absolutely demonstrates it is never too late to report abuse. If you have been a victim of sexual abuse, Northumbria Police encourages you to report - we will believe you. You will be treated with dignity and sensitivity by our dedicated and specially trained officers. We will ensure you are fully supported.
"We understand some people may have concerns about coming forward to report abuse to the police, if they do not feel comfortable in doing this we would encourage them to use some of the independent agencies available."
Joint statement from victims
Mr Gregg was a man who I had invested an enormous amount of trust and respect in. It was impossible for me to believe that he could have done what I know he did to me. As an 11 year old my naivety and emotional immaturity meant that the only way I could resolve this dilemma was to assume that what had happened was my own fault. For many years shame and embarrassment were easier to tolerate than the truth. Mr Gregg’s abuse of power and trust left me with an extremely cynical and mistrustful view. It took a long time for me to develop the maturity to comprehend the reality of what actually happened to me. Once I had regained my grip on reality I felt very motivated to tell my side of the story. I have never been motivated by vengeance; rather my desire has been to set reality straight and where possible to uphold the reality for others who had similar experiences.I had taken nearly 26 years to comprehend that black was black and now I was once again being put under enormous pressure to believe that black was white. I was very grateful that the jury recognised the reality and were not persuaded to believe that black was white.
Looking back at this whole episode of my life, it is something that I do not wish to dwell on and I sincerely hope now that I can put it all behind me and never hear the name Colin Gregg ever
again. I feel remorse that I could not find the strength and courage to come forward earlier and support others in earlier claims against this man. However, I am pleased that this trial has finally put Gregg where he belongs. I hope he can reflect upon his actions in prison and feel shame for those whose lives he has adversely affected over a number of years. I also feel sympathy for the parents of the children, who will undoubtedly, but unjustly, feel guilt for putting their trust in this man and not seeing what was happening. A scenario I sincerely hope I will never have to face with any child of mine. Without doubt Gregg’s actions have had a profound effect on numerous people, directly and indirectly, and I hope that the sentence handed down not only reflects the seriousness and long running nature of the crimes, but also sends a message to others.