Social worker admits sex offenses against mentally ill woman – Gloucestershire News Service


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A Gloucester social worker admitted to sexually assaulting a mentally ill woman.

Simon Gibbs, 41, of Swangrove Gardens, Tuffley, pleaded guilty at Gloucester Crown Court yesterday (January 6) to two charges of sexually touching the woman on at least three occasions between April 15 and May 16, 2020.

Judge Recorder James Bromige has granted Gibbs bail until February 3 so that a pre-sentence report can be prepared by the probation service.

But the Recorder warned Gibbs that all sentencing options would be open to the court and that he should “prepare for a custodial sentence.”

Both counts claim that he knew, or could reasonably be expected to know, that the woman had a mental disorder and that he was a person involved in her care.

Jenny Tallentire, defending, requested a pre-sentence report on Gibbs, claiming that although he has a “short criminal record” he had not committed any offense of a similar nature before.

When the judge said he planned to release Gibbs with an electronically marked nighttime curfew, Ms Tallentire said it could affect him being able to see her three-year-old son and look after the boy while his mother worked .

She also said a curfew could prevent Gibbs from visiting his new partner, who has his own home and has helped him get through times when he feels “particularly weak”.

The judge then decided not to impose a curfew but ordered Gibbs to hand over his passport and all travel documents pending conviction.

“I accept that his own sanity is fragile right now,” said recorder Bromige.

Gibbs was released on bail until February 3, when the judge allotted an hour for the sentencing hearing.

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