Colin Gregg, 75 from Gorsforth Newcastle is the heir to the Greggs bakery chain and has been found guilty of nine counts of indecent sex assault on boys aged between 10 and 14. Colin Gregg had denied indecently assaulting four boys while working as a teacher.
The assaults date from the beginning of 1963. However a jury at Leeds Crown Court have found him guilty after a month long trial. He was released on bail and will be sentenced on 30 March. He was told jail was inevitable. Gregg showed no reaction when the Jury returned the verdicts.
Gregg had been found not guilty of a similar offence in 1997 and claims to be the victim of a “police witch hunt.”
Gregg was a head teacher at The King’s Junior School, in Tynemouth, and also taught at Durham School. He also worked as a social worker in Newcastle.
John Dilworth, from the Crown Prosecution Service, said: “Throughout his life, Colin Gregg has been a successful businessman, respected teacher and committed charity worker. Those achievements have won him the gratitude of the community but, beneath his respectable veneer, he was sexually abusing young boys with alarming regularity. Colin Gregg exploited his position in society to abuse young boys, using them for his own sexual gratification.”
The trial at Leeds was a retrial, as a jury in Newcastle had failed to reach a verdict last year.
A spokesman for children’s charity the NSPCC said: “Gregg shamelessly betrayed the trust vulnerable young children placed in him and his sickening campaign of abuse will have had life-long effects on his victims. It is thanks to their bravery in speaking out that he’s finally been brought to justice. Gregg probably thought he got away with these crimes but this case is proof that victims of abuse will be listened to, no matter how much time has passed.”
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