On Thursday 4th August former Archdeacon George Granville Gibson was convicted of historic sex offences at Durham Crown Court. Gibson was found guilty of two counts of indecent assault against young men. He will be placed on the sex offenders register. Sentencing is due to take place in October.
As a retired cleric, Gibson held a number of posts with the Church of England before serving as Archdeacon of Auckland. The conviction relates to abuse which occurred during Gibson’s role in the Clergy in the Diocese of Durham.
Following the verdict, the Right Revd Paul Butler, Bishop of Durham said:
“Following the conviction today of the Venerable Granville Gibson on two charges of indecent assault, we offer an unreserved apology to all the survivors and those affected by this news. We commend the bravery of those who brought these allegations forward, acknowledging how difficult and distressing this would have been.
“We are profoundly sorry for the abuse perpetrated by Mr Gibson and remain committed to doing everything possible to ensure the wellbeing of children, young people and adults, who look to us for respect and care. Abuse is a terrible crime and a grievous breach of trust, which has lifelong effects.”
For further information or comments please contact Caroline Chandler on 0800 138 4700 or contact the child abuse claims team using the contact form below.