The heir to the Greggs bakery chain has been found guilty of indecently assaulting boys over a period of 30 years.
Colin Gregg, aged 75, was found guilty of nine counts of assault at Leeds Crown Court today (March 3).
The offences involved four victims aged between 11 and 14 and took place over a period of three decades. The trial heard that the abuse took place in a swimming pool as well as in a gym at Gregg's home.
Gregg has been bailed and will appear for sentencing at Newcastle Crown Court on March 30. Judge Robin Mairs said the allowance of bail was no indication of sentence, telling Gregg "these are serious matters and a custodial sentence is inevitable."
Gregg reportedly did not react when the verdict was read out, which was returned after almost 12 hours of jury deliberations.
During the trial, the prosecution claimed that Gregg "concealed his true nature beneath a veneer of respectability" and “exploited his position in society to perpetrate abuse”.
The jury was told: “The truth is that Colin Gregg sexually abused each of the boys. He did dreadful things to these children. He knows it, the world should know it and he should be convicted.”
Gregg helped to build up the family bakery business in the 1960s, but after this he later became a teacher and a social worker, earning widespread respect of his public service.