Man on trial for child sex crimes

Gary Auker leaves court after an earlier hearing.
Gary Auker leaves court after an earlier hearing.
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A MAN accused of systematically sexually abusing young children up to 36 years ago was arrested after his alleged victims contacted each other through Facebook.

Gary Auker, who gave his address as Kent Close in Sutton Bridge, denies 16 offences of indecent assault, one of gross indecency and one of attempted rape between August 1975 and February 1990 and is on trial at Norwich Crown Court for the offences.

The trial began on Tuesday and the court heard how three girls and two boys are said to have been abused in the toilet and other rooms at his former home at Estuary Close, King’s Lynn, as well as in a public toilet and a car.

Three alleged victims met on Facebook and decided to go to the police before another woman claimed her four-year-old son had also suffered.

The first alleged victim said she saw him on Facebook with his arm around two little girls, and sent a message saying she had been abused by him. She said she then received a message from another alleged victim claiming similar treatment at the hands of Auker.

Prosecutor Andrew Thompson told the court that, when arrested, Auker branded the accusations “ridiculous”.

Mr Thompson said the first victim, a male, said the abuse started from the age of five or six and he was threatened with being taken to a “house with bars” if he told anyone.

Sex offences are also alleged to have taken place on two girls in the toilet at Auker’s address in the following years.

Mr Thompson said Auker tried to rape the second girl on the settee. He is also accused of sexually assaulting a girl on his lap and pushing another up against a wall.

He was also alleged to have kissed a four-year-old boy on the lips and placed his tongue in his mouth.

The boy’s mother was said to have discovered what happened after her son kissed her on the lips and tried to put his tongue in her mouth, saying “it was like Gary does”.

One alleged victim told the court that Auker recently tried to add her as a friend on Facebook. She said she agreed to become his Facebook friend to expose on his wall the way he had treated her.

She said she had written on it that she was not a child any longer and added: “Children don’t forget. I have not forgotten what you did.”

And then she said that because he blocked her from writing on his page she wrote about him on her own page.

She was then contacted by another alleged victim and after talking to that victim called the police.

The trial continues.