Granville Gibson, 83 a former archdeacon has been found guilty of a sexual assault on a teenager in the 1970s at Teeside Crown Court. He was convicted of two charges and jailed for 10 months. He was cleared of a third indecent assault charge.

Gibson had previously denied indecently assaulting the youth while he was a vicar at St Clare’s Church in Newton Aycliffe, County Durham. The victim Steve Ebdon, who has waived his right to anonymity told the Court that he had assaulted him in a vicarage when he was in his late teens, when he had been asked to do a job for him.

Mr Ebdon said: “The thing I’m not happy about is the sentence, 10 months for that is not a lot, but at least he’s going to prison and added “I now feel like a weight has fallen from my shoulders and I can get on with my life.”

Back in 2016 Gibson was jailed for 12 months for two counts of indecent assault.

Durham Crown Court heard he was guilty of “sinister and deliberate” sexual abuse in the 1970s and 80s.


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