Lakenheath man denies 24 historic sex offences

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A man on trial for historic sex offences ‘wrecked’ the life of one of his alleged victims, a court has heard.

Brian Gibbs, 46, of Wingfield Road, Lakenheath, has pleaded not guilty to 24 charges of indecent assault or gross indecency on six boys between January, 1990, and December, 1997.

He has also denied seven charges of making indecent images of children in Lakenheath in September, 2013.

Prosecuting at Chelmsford Crown Court this week, Paul Jarvis said Gibbs was in his 20s when he befriended a number of younger boys for his ‘teenage entourage’ and had taken advantage of their youth and immaturity ‘to satisfy his own sexual desires’.

Giving evidence via a police-recorded video tape, one of Gibbs’ alleged victims, who cannot be named for legal reasons, claimed suffering sexual abuse at the hands of Gibbs as a child had ‘wrecked’ his life.

The 34-year-old said Gibbs, who previously lived in Saffron Walden, used to take car loads of boys on trips and would buy them cigarettes, alcohol and food, and even let them drive.

“He allowed us to drive his car so we keep our mouths shut,” he said.

He told the jury Gibbs had touched him inappropriately ‘hundreds of times’ and on one occasion gave him and another boy 200 cigarettes and a Zippo lighter to pull their trousers down.

He also said that Gibbs invited him and other boys to his house when his parents were away and allowed them to drink his father’s alcohol.

He said: “We were all from a poor background so when you have a geezer buying you cigs every day, alcohol, food...”

Asked what impact the alleged abuse had on him, he said: “It’s made me feel not like a man, made me not trust men, made me not want relationships, not want to go out.

“It’s just wrecked it basically. I feel dirty.

“I just feel dirty from what I let him do.”

Gibbs accepts that he spent time with the boys but rejects any claim of sexual impropriety.

In a prepared statement, he said: “I am gay but have only ever engaged in sexual activity with adult males. I am not interested in children sexually.”

Mr Jarvis said terms such as ‘gay teen boys’ discovered on Gibbs’ search engines showed he ‘does have a sexual interest in juvenile males’.

The trial continues.