Lakenheath man found guilty of multiple sex offences involving boys

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A Lakenheath man has been found guilty of multiple sex offences involving six children in the 1990s.

Brian Gibbs, 46, of Wingfield Road, had denied assaulting the boys, aged from nine to 11, who he befriended and treated to cigarettes, alcohol and food.

Initially he was accused of 24 charges, but they were simplified to 11 offences of gross indecency, indecency with a child and indecent assault.

Today a jury at Chelmsford Crown Court returned a unanimous verdict, convicting him of all offences.

It deliberated for just 90 minutes following a trial spanning almost three weeks.

Judge Patricia Lynch QC adjourned sentencing until August 20 to allow for reports and warned Gibbs he faced a ‘fairly substantial sentence’.

During the trial, the jury heard that Gibbs used to drive his ‘entourage’ around, take them on trips and, while his parents were out, invite them to his house in Ashdon Road, Saffron Walden, where he then lived.

One of his victims, now aged 34, spoke of how his life had been ‘wrecked’ by what had happened.

“I just feel dirty from what I let him do,” he told the court.

Prosecuting, Paul Jarvis said Gibbs’ interest in his ‘teenage entourage’ was sexual and he had taken advantage of their immaturity.

Gibbs, who suffers from epilepsy and diabetes and has learning difficulties, did not give evidence.

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.”

Releasing Gibbs on bail, Judge Lynch warned him: “You should not be under any illusions about the likelihood of the sentence. It will almost certainly be a custodial sentence.”

Gibbs was also charged with seven offences of making indecent images of children in Lakenheath in 2013, all of which he denies.

The jury was told of these but they did not form part of this trial.