April 2018

Serial sex offender jailed for 16 years for ‘horrific’ abuse of young girl and boy

A serial sex offender who abused a young girl and a boy in “horrendous” and “horrific” offences has been jailed for 16 years.

He had caused “grief and anguish” and his behaviour had “absolutely devastated” the families of the victims, a court heard.

Ashley Gibbons, 26, of Cottage Beck Road, Scunthorpe, denied three offences of rape and three of sexual activity with a child involving a girl but was convicted by a jury after a trial at Grimsby Crown Court.

He also denied two offences of sexually assaulting a boy and sexual activity with a child involving him but was also convicted by the jury.

Richard Woolfall, prosecuting, said that the offences had a profound effect upon the families of each of the victims.

The mother of the girl said in a statement that there had been a marked change in the girl’s behaviour and her school work had been affected.

The boy’s mother said in a statement that she had been left “absolutely devastated” by the “horrific crimes” and the effects would last for many years.

Gibbons had stolen the boy’s innocence with the “vile things” that he had done to him. She was “distraught” at the “horrendous” offences but the boy had been “incredibly strong”.

Recorder Bernard Gateshill told Gibbons: “You abused them in a cold and calculated way for your own perverse sexual desires. You had opportunities to be alone with them. You have seen the disastrous effects your abuse has had.

Gibbons had no previous convictions and had been working in a responsible job.

He will be on extended licence of a year after his release from prison.