The prosecutors in that trial said he had used his position in the church as a “veneer of respectability” to abuse young men in his care or employment.
Retired clergyman jailed for historic sex abuse
A VICTIM whose claims of abuse at the hands of a former clergyman were dismissed for years has spoken of his relief after his attacker was finally jailed.
Peter Ridley, who has waived his right to anonymity, was speaking after the once highly-respected, now retired cleric, from Darlington, began a 12-month prison sentence, as he was led down to the cells at Durham Crown Court.
80 year old Granville Gibson, the former Archdeacon of Auckland, was convicted on two counts of indecent assault n young males in early August, on the ninth day of his trial at the court.