June 2016

Serial flasher who poses ‘significant danger to children’ is sentenced

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A serial flasher who could not stop exposing himself to young girls has been jailed and banned from public parks.

John Robert Gibson, 41, was branded a “significant danger to children” and given an extended sentence to protect the public from his perverted tendencies.

Prosecutor Jo Kidd said yesterday: “He has a persisting sexual interest in prepubescent girls, and a persisting sexual need to expose himself to them.”

The convicted sex offender approached three children aged six, 10 and 11 in the Fairy Dell park in Coulby Newham, Middlesbrough.

He exposed his genitals and carried out a sex act in front of them on March 6, Teesside Crown Court heard.

The three children ran home and told their parents. One girl was left frightened to play in the park again.

Gibson rode his bike up to a group of children, aged about eight, on a Coulby Newham cycle path less than two weeks later on March 19.

He pulled down his trousers exposing himself to them. They too left and reported him.

Gibson, of The Crescent, Linthorpe, Middlesbrough, admitted exposure and sexual activity in the presence of a child.

He was out of prison on licence from a 30-month sentence passed in August 2014 for exposure and breaching a sexual offences prevention order.

He had showed his private parts to children playing in two Middlesbrough communities, Ormesby and Coulby Newham, rubbing his groin over his cycling shorts then raising them to expose himself.

He was recognised from an e-fit and told police he committed the crimes for sexual pleasure.

On one occasion he encouraged girls to touch him, and confessed “something bad would have happened” if they had not fled.

He was jailed for 33 months in 2011 for 21 offences of sexual activity in the presence of a 9-year-old child and having illegal pictures.

He was caught with more than 3,500 indecent photos of children and more than 600 extreme pornographic pictures.

Gary Wood, defending in the latest case, said: “The defendant clearly has issues that need to be dealt with.”

He said Gibson previously started a sex offender treatment programme but had not learned strategies to stop his crimes happening again.

Judge Tony Briggs told Gibson: “It is perfectly plain from your record that you have a long-standing problem and are sexually attracted by prepubescent girls.

“You’ve been assessed by the relevant authorities as being a danger to children, a high risk of serious harm to them by acting in this particular way.

“In my judgment the assessment of the Probation Service and the Offender Management Service that you pose a continuing significant danger to children or serious harm is perfectly justified.”

He jailed Gibson for three years and four months, of which will serve at least two thirds inside, plus an extended three-year licence period.

He was given a sexual harm prevention order – including a condition not to enter or loiter within 100 yards of any public park – and will be on the sex offenders’ register, both indefinitely.

August 2014

Flasher was on the brink of sexually assaulting young girls


A flasher who was on the brink of sexually assaulting girls on Middlesbrough’s streets has been jailed for two-and-a-half years.

Convicted sex offender John Robert Gibson showed children his private parts and, on one occasion, encouraged them to touch him.

The pervert, 39, confessed to police that “something bad would have happened” if these nine-year-old girls had not fled.

Teesside Crown Court heard today how he exposed himself to girls playing out in two Middlesbrough communities.

First he rode his bicycle up and down an alleyway where two nine-year-old girls were playing in Ormesby at about 7pm on June 27.

He rubbed his groin over his cycling shorts in public view, said prosecutor Paul Newcombe.

He stopped near the girls and raised his shorts exposing his genitals to them.

The children fled in shock and told their parents while Gibson rode off.

An e-fit was circulated by police.

Three days later, he did the same to two more nine-year-old girls in Coulby Newham.

He followed them on his bike for more than 10 minutes before lifting his shorts again at 5.10 to 5.20pm.

This time he asked them: “Have you ever touched one of these or played with one of these?”

He added: “Can you do cartwheels?”

Scared and unnerved, the girls did not respond to his questions and ran off.

After they told their parents, another e-fit was assembled.

Gibson was then recognised and arrested at his home.

He admitted to police he committed the crimes for sexual pleasure when he felt safe.

He said he regretted it when the children ran away.

On the second occasion, he confessed he intended to encourage the girls to touch him.

Gibson said he hoped for a “curious reaction” leading to sexual activity.

He expressed surprise that the girls were frightened and saw himself as a “gentle figure”.

He told how his sexual interest in young girls started with a relationship breakdown.

Mr Newcombe added: “He made full and frank admissions recognising his own predilections and capacity for harming youngsters.

“He agreed this is the closest he’d ever come to committing a sexual assault on a child.

“He was concerned he was returning to his old ways.”

Gibson, of Lambton Road, Marton Grove, Middlesbrough, admitted two counts of exposure and two counts of breaching a sexual offences prevention order (SOPO).

He was given an indefinite SOPO when he was jailed for two years and nine months.

On that occasion he had admitted sexual activity in the presence of a child under 13 – performing a sex act in his car near young girls.

He’d also pleaded guilty to making and possessing indecent images of children and possessing extreme pornography.

Gibson was caught with 3,548 indecent images of children and 673 illegal extreme pornographic pictures on his computer.

Gary Wood, defending today, said Gibson knew he was going to prison and was willing to cooperate with a sex offenders’ treatment programme.

Until he completed such a programme, according to a pre-sentence report, he posed a risk of serious harm to children.

Judge Tony Briggs told Gibson: “The sentence obviously must be custody.”

Gibson was jailed for two-and-a-half years and will be on the sex offenders’ register for 10 years.