Gary Gibson is 65-years-old. A father, a husband, and an open paedophile.
Though he has never molested or acted on his impulses, Gary is ultimately attracted to children – some as young as six.
In a fascinating interview with This Morning, his wife Tabitha Abel explained why she has stuck by her husband, reports the Mirror.
He assured me that he has done nothing. I believe this was the truth. I realise people can lie. However, I was assured by him. But that he had that attraction.
My background is a midwife. And really, nothing is said by patients by families that is going to shock you.
He assured me he is not a child molestor. People are stuck on the idea that being a paedophile makes you a molester.
And Twitter proved Tabitha right, with hundreds of outraged social media users slamming her for sticking by her husband – despite the fact he hasn’t actually done anything…
So it's ok to be a paedophile but not a molester?? This woman is seriously deluded #ThisMorning
— Catherine Mullan (@_cat_donaghy_) January 11, 2017
#ThisMorning if you stand by a paedophile then you condone child abuse , she is a vile ignorant repugnant woman
— Trudy (@lilmizsparkle) January 11, 2017
She must be a pervert too if she's basically 'not freaking out' that her husband is a paedophile…#ThisMorning
— KLM❤ (@mallster) January 11, 2017
#ThisMorning the woman is surely crazy! If your sexually attracted to children your wrong! End of!
— Oly Landrut (@Olylandrut) January 11, 2017
If you stand by your husband who is paedophile then my only assumption is, you're also a paedophile. Please die soon x #ThisMorning
— ellie burns (@catandwifi) January 11, 2017
But are the Twitter users right? Is Gary really a monster for merely having urges which he has never acted on?
This Morning host, Phillip Scholfield asked:
What do you suggest society should do. He says he is a virtuous paedophile. Can he teach others not to act?
There are many councillors who will work with people like this who are seeking help. Many of these are young kids who are exploring their sexuality and are horrified to find they’re attracted to children. These young people need help.
In my opinion, surely it’s time to start helping non-acting peadophiles to overcome their impulses instead of castigating them and branding them devils that ‘need to die’.