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Retired Chester-le-Street careers officer admits abusing boys
A RETIRED careers officer is facing jail for abusing children who went to him for advice.
Brian Oliver was a trusted employee working in Chester-le-Street, County Durham, in the 1970s.
It has now emerged he led a secret life as a paedophile preying on boys who sought his help.
The 77-year-old today (Tuesday, August 27) admitted four charges of indecent assault at Teesside Crown Court.
He will be sentenced next month following psychiatric and background reports.
Judge Tony Briggs granted him bail and told him: "All sentencing options will remain open."
It was revealed during the brief hearing that Oliver is already a registered sex offender.
In 2008, he abused a 15-year-old boy after enticing him into his car in the west end of Newcastle.
Oliver, of Kells Lane, Gateshead, was given a three-year community order on that occasion.
He pulled up at the roadside and asked the teenager for directions. The boy got in his car and Oliver put a street map on the lad's lap and indecently touched him.
Three decades earlier, he abused two school-leavers at the careers office in Red Rose Terrace.
Each time, he asked the teenagers to hold the base of his phone while he held the receiver as he made calls to get them jobs.
Prosecution papers say he either pressed his crotch against the hand of the boy or exposed himself.
Oliver was due to go on trial today on five charges of indecent assault, but admitted four before a jury was sworn.
Prosecutor Paul Newcombe asked for the remaining count to be left to lie on file.
Judge Briggs adjourned the case until mid-September, and told the defendant: "The grant of bail is no indication of what sentence eventually will be imposed upon you."
Defence barrister, Rachel Hedworth, said: "My client does have convictions, but in the main he is lightly convicted."
During his court appearance in 2008, Oliver was also given a five-year Sexual Offences Prevention Order.
The order banned the pensioner from contacting children and being in any private vehicle with youngsters.
But just two years later, he tried to lure teenage boys into his executive Jaguar and personal-plated BMW.
He tricked a schoolboy into getting in to his dark blue Jag after asking for directions on Gateshead High Street, and later told another boy he was looking for a computer repair shop to get him inside the car.