April 2021

Paedophile who inflicted teenage boys to sickening sexual abuse hid crimes

A sexual predator who preyed on two teenagers has been brought to justice – after hiding his despicable crimes for more than 30 years.

Steven Gustafson has admitted five counts of sexual assault dating back to the 1980s when he groomed and sexually assaulted two teenage boys.

Gustafson, 63, committed the appalling acts in Newcastle and Sunderland after befriending the boys, who were both aged 14.

It was not until 1999 that one of his victims bravely disclosed what Gustafson had done to them – but the case collapsed in court due to evidential difficulties.

However, after a second boy came forward in 2017 confirming Gustafson had abused him as a child, a fresh investigation was launched – and the historic case also reopened.

Now, after new evidence came to light, Gustafson pleaded guilty to five counts of sexual assault on a child when he appeared at Newcastle Crown Court on April 13.

He has been remanded in custody and is due to be sentenced at the same court later this year.

Gustafson, of Gordon Road, South Shields, is due to be sentenced at Newcastle Crown Court on a date to be fixed.