Former Archdeacon to appear in court over alleged historic abuse


July 22, 2016 | By Caroline Chandler |

July 22, 2016 | By Caroline Chandler |

Former Archdeacon George Granville Gibson is due to stand trial on Monday 25 July 2016 at Durham Crown Court. Gibson was charged last year as part of Operation Seabrook, one of the UK’s largest investigations into historic child sex abuse.

A number of the charges relate to abuse which occurred during Gibson’s role in the Clergy in the Diocese of Durham. One charge relates to an alleged indecent assault during a visit to an inmate at Medomsley Detention Centre. The investigation into Medomsley Detention Centre is ongoing.

Caroline Chandler, a solicitor who has represented over 300 survivors of abuse at Medomsley Detention Centre, commented: “I have been truly shocked at the scale and extent of abuse at Medomsley Detention Centre and the clandestine nature of the assaults.  It would seem, sadly this extended its way into the Durham Community.”

Gibson has denied the charges against him. As a retired cleric, he held a number of posts with the Church of England before serving as Archdeacon of Auckland.

The case will open on Monday with the complainants giving evidence and is estimated to last a number of weeks.

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.

Caroline Chandler

Caroline is a solicitor within our Child Abuse Compensation team and is based at our Wakefield office. She has worked with survivors of abuse since 2002. She has developed a particular expertise in Child Abuse claims against institutions such as the church, local authorities and voluntary organisations. Caroline's profile

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