August 2021

Man jailed for abuse of two teenage boys in the 1980s

A committed police officer has helped bring justice for two men who were sexually abused as schoolboys

PC David Gibson has worked tirelessly to secure a conviction against Steven Gustafson, who preyed on two 14-year-old boys he ‘befriended’ while trainspotting, during the 1980s.

It was not until 1999 that one of the victims came forward and reported the abuse he suffered as a child, but the case collapsed due to evidential difficulties.

After a second boy came forward in 2017, PC Gibson reopened the historic case into the activities of the now 64-year-old, of Gordon Street, South Shields.

Gustafson admitted five counts of sexual assault on a child relating to offences committed after befriending the boys in Newcastle and Sunderland while trainspotting and was jailed for four-and-a-half years, at Newcastle Crown Court, on Friday.

One of Gustafson’s victims has also since written a heartfelt letter to the force in which he described PC Gibson as, “like the brother I’ve never had”.

Now, after seeing the paedophile put behind bars, PC Gibson said: “This is a significant moment for both victims after their 30-year wait for justice.

“They showed immense bravery by coming forward and disclosing what Gustafson had subjected them to when they were teenagers.”