08:00 Friday 27 December 2013

Judge brands youth worker as a 'serious risk' to children after he sexually abuses two youngsters

Written byPETER RICHARDSON

A BURTON youth worker who sexually abused two young children has been jailed for three years.

Robert Gadsby was branded ‘a serious risk to young persons’ by a prosecuting lawyer.

Stafford Crown Court heard the offences against a nine-year-old girl and a boy of 11 took place in Gadsby’s own home in Ferry Street, Burton.

Paul Spratt, prosecuting, said Gadsby engaged in simulated sex and other sexual acts with the boy.

On two separate occasions he had inappropriately touched the girl.

The offences came to light in September this year when the boy spoke to the police.

The 52-year-old was arrested and put before a special magistrates court held on a Saturday eight weeks ago where he admitted the abuse.

Gadsby, of Ferry Street, Burton admitted two sexual assaults on a girl, three sexual assaults on a boy and three charges of incitement to commit sexual acts.

Judge Mark Eades told him: “You are attracted to pre-pubescent children....you groom them while overcoming their resistance by bribery.”

Mr Spratt said Gadsby had told a friend that he had been ‘a teacher’ for some considerable time and when he took a liking to a child would invite him to his address under a false premise and he had paid them.

He said ‘they’re like rent boys’.

The defendant said his computer was likely to contain male pornography.

Mr Spratt said: “From the defendant’s admissions there may be further complainants.

“This person poses a serious risk to young persons.”

Simon Phillips, defending, said Gadsby was NOT a teacher, but had worked with children and youths over a period of time.

He said: “He has led a rather lonely life, he doesn’t do much other than go to work.

“He did deny matters in his initial interview.

“He has now expressed remorse and actually asked to be remanded in custody - it was not the magistrates’ decision.

“He knew the writing was on the wall.”

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