South Shields predator who abused teenage boys finally brought to justice

A sexual predator who sexually assaulted two teenage boys has finally been brought to justice greater than 30 years later.

Steven Gustafson, of Gordon Road, South Shields, admitted to 5 counts of sexual assault courting again to the Eighties when he groomed and sexually assaulted two teenage boys.

The 63-year-old dedicated the appalling acts in Newcastle and Sunderland after befriending the boys.

It wasn’t till 1999 that one of many courageous victims disclosed what Gustafson had carried out to them however the case collapsed in court docket due to difficulties with proof.

However, after a second boy got here ahead in 2017 confirming Gustafson had abused him as a baby, a contemporary investigation was launched and the historic case additionally reopened.

Now, after new proof got here to mild, Gustafson pleaded responsible to 5 counts of sexual assault on a baby when he appeared at Newcastle Crown Court on April 13.

He has been remanded in custody and is due to be sentenced on the similar court docket later this 12 months.

PC David Gibson, who led the investigation, from Northumbria Police stated: “First and foremost, I would love to pay tribute to each victims for his or her wonderful bravery and cooperation all through this troublesome case.

“They ought to be extremely pleased with themselves and this conviction merely wouldn’t have been attainable with out their braveness and willpower.

“It was completely crucial that the individual liable for committing these abhorrent crimes in opposition to two teenage boys was brought to justice.

“I sincerely hope this end result can provide some consolation to each – in addition to ship out a robust message to different victims of sexual offences.

“Regardless of how way back the offence happened, we’ll do every little thing we are able to to deliver perpetrators to justice. Gustafson lived with this darkish secret for a few years believing he was above the legislation and was not going to be caught.

“Now, he should cope with the implications of his appalling actions.”

Detective Chief Inspector Sean Mcguigan additionally praised PC Gibson for his arduous work which has resulted in a harmful sexual predator being taken off the streets.

Det Chief Insp Mcguigan stated: “This has been a vastly troublesome case and I would love to commend PC Gibson for his wonderful work ethic and willpower to present justice for each of the victims.

“He spent dozens of hours pulling collectively a compelling case to be offered in court docket, and that onerous work has been rewarded.

“On instances like this, it’s only pure for any officer in cost to really feel a way of non-public accountability to attempt to get the proper consequence for his victims, so as to reward their bravery and the belief they’ve instilled in them.

“I’m due to this fact completely delighted that Gustafson has been brought to justice, and I’ve little doubt that this conviction wouldn’t have been attainable with out PC Gibson’s excellent contribution.”



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