23rd Oct, 2018

Charity worker jailed for sexual abuse of Coventry teenage boys

Editorial Correspondent 8th Aug, 2018 Updated: 10th Aug, 2018

A CHARITY worker who carried out a series of sex assaults on a teenage boy from Coventry has been jailed for a total of eight years and four months.





Gulbag Singh, whose online profile describes him as a case manager with a cancer charity, had pleaded guilty at Warwick Crown Court to charges of rape, assault by penetration and sexual assault.

Singh, 47, now of Richmond Terrace, Northampton, was jailed for six years and four months for the rape, with other concurrent sentences for the other offences against that victim.

But he was given a consecutive two-year sentence for two sexual assaults on another teenager, which he had also admitted, and was ordered to register as a sex offender for life.

In relation to the offences against the first youngster, prosecutor Glyn Samuel said Singh had met the boy’s family at a religious festival in Bedworth some years ago.

In fact it was his other victim who first said anything, and which last year led to the police becoming involved.

That teenager had told his mother of two incidents when Singh had touched him indecently, once under his clothing, and she confronted Singh who claimed nothing had happened.

But when the mother, who was recording the conversation on her phone, said she was going to call the police, he told her: “I’m sorry, I’m sorry. I can’t help it. I hate myself. I’m a dirty man.”

The police were contacted, and during the investigation officers spoke to the first victim, who revealed that Singh had subjected him to various sex acts in around 2015.

The most serious of those incidents was an occasion when, after asking him if he was gay, Singh had fondled him and began to perform oral sex on him.

Singh then forced the teenager to perform oral sex on him.

“It only lasted around ten seconds, but is still rape,” observed Mr Samuel.

When he was questioned by the police about the offences against that victim, Singh claimed it had been consensual after he had realised the teenager had ‘gay tendencies.’

Derek Johashen, for Singh, said: “He has been involved in the charitable sector for many years, and he has been trying to understand what made him behave in the way he did.”

Mr Johashen said Singh, whose online profile also describes him as a Teeside magistrate before moving from Stockton-on-Tees to the Coventry area, had been looking at getting counselling.

“He now thinks the only person who can counsel and heal the problems in his own life is him. He has said throughout he wants to express his remorse.”

Jailing Singh, whose offences had no connection to his work with the charity, Judge Sally Hancox told him: “You have pleaded guilty to a number of significant sexual offences.

“Whatever difficulties or urges you realised you were experiencing, you must have known the last place you should have sought to live out those urges was with them.

“The rape is the most serious offence I have to deal with you for today. You have behaved in an unacceptable and appalling way. These offences have had a profound effect on both young men.

“But you are a man of previous good character. You were a good man, a hard-working man working in the charitable sector.

“Each of these offences took place over a relatively short period of time, but that does not take away from the physical and emotional impact it will have had on your victims.”

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