The following statement is made by The Right Revd Paul Butler, Bishop of Durham: “It is a matter of deep shame and regret that a former priest in the Church of England Granville Gibson has today been found guilty and received a custodial sentence of 10 months for two further counts of indecent assault against a male person. There are no excuses whatsoever for what took place; abuse is a terrible crime and a grievous breach of trust, which has lifelong effects.
“We apologise unreservedly to survivors of Granville Gibson’s abuse and pay tribute to their bravery in coming forward. We have worked closely with the police throughout this process and we continue to urge anyone affected by this news to contact the Diocesan Safeguarding Team or their local Police force.
Commenting on one aspect of the trial, a spokesperson for the Diocese of Durham said: “During the trial, one of the witnesses confirmed that he had received payment from the Church of England. We can confirm that a civil claim was received by the insurers and this was settled on a full and final basis. We can also confirm that no confidentiality agreement was undertaken as part of the settlement.”
Granville Gibson was found not guilty on one further charge of indecent assault against a male person.