September 2023

Northumberland beast jailed for 17 years for historic child sex offences

A man who committed historic sexual offences against an underage boy in Northumberland has now been brought to justice.

Gregg Campbell carried out serious sexual offences against a young boy in the late 1980s and early 1990s in the Bedlington area and left his victim battling drug and alcohol addiction in adulthood. Campbell made his young victim feel like the abuse was “normal” and “ruined” his life.

Campbell’s offences finally came to light in 2019 after the victim confided in a partner, before eventually going to the police. Campbell was then arrested, but denied his offending and instead accused the victim of making false allegations.

On Monday, Campbell, 54, appeared at Newcastle Crown Court to be sentenced for offences of buggery and indecent assault. He had been found guilty following a trial.

The court heard that Campbell’s contact with the victim came about “coincidentally” and that there was a “significant age gap” between them at the time. Jessica Slaughter, prosecuting, said the sexual offending began in a shed before progressing further.

The court heard that the victim had even confided in a parent after suffering bleeding, but it was instead “dismissed as the result of a medical problem”. When the victim finally reported the abuse to police years later, Campbell suggested the man was making up “false allegations” due to him being known as a homosexual in the community.

In a statement, the victim said his life had been “ruined” after turning to drink and drugs, such as heroin and crack cocaine. The man also suffered from gambling issues and questioned his identity, the court heard.

Richard Bloomfield, defending, said Campbell had no previous convictions and “still maintains his innocence for these offences”.

Sentencing him, Judge Prince said he had left his victim “traumatised” by the offences, saying: “He thought it was normal what was happening.”

The judge jailed Campbell for 17 years and will also be on the sex offender’s register for life.