Mum's horror at abuse of her son

Basingstoke Gazette: Ian Gregory Ian Gregory

A MUM has told of the horrifying moment she learned that her son had been targeted by a paedophile.

Ian Gregory was last week jailed for more than two years after admitting a string of sex charges against a young boy.

The mother of his victim said she “felt sick” when her son told her about the abuse.

The mum said: “My son told me: ‘He’s been doing things to me’. I just felt sick when he told me.”

Gregory, of Fellside Terrace, Stanley, near Gateshead, pleaded guilty to two counts of sexual assault of a child, two of causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity, one of causing a child to watch sexual images, and 14 counts of possession of prohibited images.

The abuse of the child, who was described as “vulnerable” in court, happened while Gregory was living in Basingstoke.

At Winchester Crown Court, Adrienne Knight, defending, said the 46-year-old had begun accessing indecent images of children online after he left the army five years ago, following an “exemplary” 12-year career.

She added the defendant had discovered he had an attraction to young boys after looking at images on the internet.

“Mr Gregory says: ‘I don’t like myself for the way I feel. I didn’t ask to be born like this’,” she said.

“It’s criminal and it’s awful but he can’t help the way he was born. He wants to come out of this a better man.”

Barnaby Shaw, prosecuting, said the offences have had a devastating effect on the victim and his mother, who have since had to move away from the area.

Speaking about the young victim, he said: “He has difficulty sleeping and has been having nightmares, screaming out.”

Mr Shaw said Gregory had not admitted to the sexual assault before the police found a video on his phone.

Sentencing Gregory to 25 months in prison, Judge Guy Boney said: “You are a man of good character who had an exemplary army record for 12 years and you stand there at the moment covered, rightly, in shame for the offences you committed.”

As well as jailing Gregory, the judge imposed a sexual offences prevention order and ordered that Gregory should be put on the sex offenders register for seven years.

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12:27pm Mon 24 Mar 14

lin2014 says...

What sort of deterrent is 48 Months? It’s about time judges grew a pair and started handing out decent sentences.

I know there is no medical cure for what these vile predators do, but I can certainly think of a few.
What sort of deterrent is 48 Months? It’s about time judges grew a pair and started handing out decent sentences. I know there is no medical cure for what these vile predators do, but I can certainly think of a few. lin2014
  • Score: 17

2:10pm Mon 24 Mar 14

laurence86 says...

I do feel sorry for people who realise that they are a paedophile and want to be normal. However the moment they act on their urge and destroy the life of an innocent child they lose any sympathy. They should pay heavily for putting their short term gratification above the long term welfare of a child. Violating anyone’s body against their will is a horrific crime, but for a child the effect can be far more damaging. I hope that the little lad recovers from the trauma of his ordeal and get all the victim support he needs.

I would like to see some form of help available for those who are paedophiles but don’t want to be and want to be helped before they act on it.
I do feel sorry for people who realise that they are a paedophile and want to be normal. However the moment they act on their urge and destroy the life of an innocent child they lose any sympathy. They should pay heavily for putting their short term gratification above the long term welfare of a child. Violating anyone’s body against their will is a horrific crime, but for a child the effect can be far more damaging. I hope that the little lad recovers from the trauma of his ordeal and get all the victim support he needs. I would like to see some form of help available for those who are paedophiles but don’t want to be and want to be helped before they act on it. laurence86
  • Score: 7

11:51am Tue 25 Mar 14

clifty03 says...

25 months is an absolute JOKE !! and 7 years on the sex offenders register it should be LIFE !!!! That poor young boy will have a life long sentence as it will never leave him what has been done to him .................... Disgraceful sentence just because he was good little man while serving in the Army, well we all know how corrupt the forces are.

As for the comment above the only help a paedophile needs is to have his/her Hands cut off, castrating and a nice BIG "P" stamped on their heads would be a good start ..... Whats wrong with this county !!!!
25 months is an absolute JOKE !! and 7 years on the sex offenders register it should be LIFE !!!! That poor young boy will have a life long sentence as it will never leave him what has been done to him .................... Disgraceful sentence just because he was good little man while serving in the Army, well we all know how corrupt the forces are. As for the comment above the only help a paedophile needs is to have his/her Hands cut off, castrating and a nice BIG "P" stamped on their heads would be a good start ..... Whats wrong with this county !!!! clifty03
  • Score: -5

2:46pm Tue 25 Mar 14

JJ38JJ says...

clifty03 wrote:
25 months is an absolute JOKE !! and 7 years on the sex offenders register it should be LIFE !!!! That poor young boy will have a life long sentence as it will never leave him what has been done to him .................... Disgraceful sentence just because he was good little man while serving in the Army, well we all know how corrupt the forces are.

As for the comment above the only help a paedophile needs is to have his/her Hands cut off, castrating and a nice BIG "P" stamped on their heads would be a good start ..... Whats wrong with this county !!!!
Like the tabloid media you seem unable to distinguish between paedophilia and sexual assault. The former is a psychological condition where a sexually mature person is sexually attracted to someone who isn't. Clearly that is abnormal but not illegal. It's only when that person acts on their abnormal instinct that someone is in danger and the law is broken.
I fully expect a lot of negatives for this. But I feel deeply sorry for anyone with such a condition. But I have no sympathy with someone who acts accordingly and they should be removed from the society to which they pose a threat.
I recall at the age of 16 being attracted to more than one person that was 15. By your reckoning and logic I would now be hand-less and branded.
As for your obvious dislike for the armed forces, it does your debating ability no favours.
[quote][p][bold]clifty03[/bold] wrote: 25 months is an absolute JOKE !! and 7 years on the sex offenders register it should be LIFE !!!! That poor young boy will have a life long sentence as it will never leave him what has been done to him .................... Disgraceful sentence just because he was good little man while serving in the Army, well we all know how corrupt the forces are. As for the comment above the only help a paedophile needs is to have his/her Hands cut off, castrating and a nice BIG "P" stamped on their heads would be a good start ..... Whats wrong with this county !!!![/p][/quote]Like the tabloid media you seem unable to distinguish between paedophilia and sexual assault. The former is a psychological condition where a sexually mature person is sexually attracted to someone who isn't. Clearly that is abnormal but not illegal. It's only when that person acts on their abnormal instinct that someone is in danger and the law is broken. I fully expect a lot of negatives for this. But I feel deeply sorry for anyone with such a condition. But I have no sympathy with someone who acts accordingly and they should be removed from the society to which they pose a threat. I recall at the age of 16 being attracted to more than one person that was 15. By your reckoning and logic I would now be hand-less and branded. As for your obvious dislike for the armed forces, it does your debating ability no favours. JJ38JJ
  • Score: 14

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