Paedophile son of Greggs founder is jailed for sex attacks on boys

The son of the founder of the Greggs bakers chain has been jailed for 13-and-a-half years after being branded a "sophisticated, predatory paedophile" by a judge

Thursday, 30th March 2017, 2:38 pm
Updated Saturday, 8th April 2017, 9:30 pm
Paedophile Colin Gregg has been locked up for 13-and-a-half years.

Colin Gregg, 75, was sentenced at Newcastle Crown Court having been convicted of nine counts of indecent assault on four boys over a period of decades.

Gregg, who helped build up the family business and also worked as a social worker, abused his positions of trust as a teacher and headteacher to sexually abuse boys, Judge Robin Mairs said.

Gregg, of Homefarm Steading, Gosforth, Newcastle, had denied all the charges, claiming he was the victim of a "witch hunt" and that the complainants were looking for compensation.

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Gregg grew wealthy from the family business and helped to raise thousands of pounds for children's charities, the court heard.

The judge said: "It is true you have enjoyed great wealth, privilege and social standing.

"It is also true that you used those benefits as a cloak of respectability behind which you sexually abused young boys.

"You were a charismatic, inspiring teacher and mentor but you used those attributes to groom boys and to protect yourself from allegations."

Gregg's defence was that the complainants were fantasists and liars, but the judge said the jury heard their evidence and they were convinced it was the defendant who was lying.

Judge Mairs said: "What it demonstrated is that there is not a shred of remorse within you for your offending and the utter contempt for the complainants as children found its echo in your contempt for them as men."

Gregg, of Homefarm Steading, Gosforth, Newcastle, abused one victim in a swimming pool, the others were molested in a gym, his study or a car.

The judge said: "This was sophisticated predatory behaviour, you are a sophisticated predatory paedophile."

An NSPCC spokesman said: “This case gives hope to survivors of child abuse that they will be listened to if they speak out – no matter how much time has passed.

“Gregg’s victims have shown incredible bravery in reliving their ordeals and it’s these actions that have helped bring their attacker to justice.

“During a sickening campaign of abuse, Gregg brazenly exploited positions of absolute trust for his own twisted gratification.

“We hope today’s sentence provides some level of comfort to those whose lives have been so badly affected.

“Any adults with concerns about a child can contact the NSPCC helpline on 0808 8005000, children can contact Childline on 0800 1111.”