Married Harley Street sex therapist, 47, faces jail after being found guilty of raping a 14-year-old boy in a leisure centre toilets
- Nicholas Gully was arrested after a teenage boy claimed he had been raped
- The 14-year-old said he was ashamed and disgusted for failing to fight back
- After a five day trial at Hove Crown Court a jury found him guilty of one count of rape and two counts of sexual assault and will be sentenced in September
Nicholas Gully, 47, from Brighton, was arrested after a teenage boy claimed he had been raped in the toilets of a gym
A Harley Street therapist who specialises in sex addiction is facing jail after he was convicted of raping a child at a leisure centre.
Nicholas Gully, 47, from Brighton, was arrested after a teenage boy claimed he had been raped in the toilets of a gym.
He told the court he had been waiting for a lift home from his mother when Gully approached him in the public toilets.
The boy tried to escape the therapist by going into a cubicle but the therapist followed him in.
The married father-of-two, who treats patients suffering from sex and love addiction, then sexually assaulted the 14-year-old.
After a five day trial at Hove Crown Court a jury found him guilty of one count of rape and two counts of sexual assault.
The therapist was warned he faced a long jail sentence and the case was adjourned for reports.
Gully of Rottingdean, Brighton is one Britain’s leading psychotherapists treating patients for sex and love addictions.
With 27 years experience he has worked with patients in Harley Street and the Priory Clinic.
The jury heard he had raped the boy in January this year after following him into the public toilets at the King Alfred Leisure Centre in Hove, East Sussex.
The teenager had been who was waiting for a lift home from his mother, told the court he had spotted Gully pacing around the foyer on his mobile phone.
He said the therapist was repeatedly attempting to make eye contact with him and he overheard him say there was a ‘sexy boy’ nearby.
The boy claimed that he went into the public toilets to escape the attentions of the older man.
But Gully allegedly followed him into the bathroom and stood beside him at the urinal and touched him inappropriately.
When the boy tried to escape by entering a cubicle Gully followed him in there and shut the door.
Nicholas Gully, 47, denied one count of rape and two counts of assault by touching but was found guilty today
In a 10 minute ordeal he was then allegedly subjected to a terrifying rape.
Giving evidence behind a screen the teenager said: ‘I was trying to avoid him and the toilet was the only place I could lock myself away from him.’
He said he went into the bathroom area to use the urinal but Gully came up beside him and touched him.
The boy said he immediately ran to the cubicle and locked himself in and waited for Gully to go.
But when he opened the door to check whether the older man had gone Gully stepped into the cubicle with him.
The boy told the court: ‘When he entered he did so quite aggressively. I was intimidated. He said for me to be quiet. He said: ‘Shush’ like he was angry. He scared me. I thought he had some sort of weapon in his bag.’
The boy said Gully then committed a sex act on him before he was made to carry out the same act on him.
Hove Crown Court heard the child was too scared to cry out and fight back during the assault.
But afterwards he called and texted his friends in tears and told them he wanted to kill himself after the sexual assault.
He told one: ‘I feel disgusting. I want to die. This is so f******d up. I did not even struggle because I thought he had a knife.
Hove Crown Court was told the teenage boy had gone to the gym at the King Alfred Centre in Hove (pictured), when he was raped
‘Maybe I deserve it. Maybe he thought I wanted it. He’s just so disgusting and he should pay.’
His friends urged him to tell his mother and the police and he eventually he confided in his aunt who alerted his family.
In court Gully admitted having sexual contact with the boy but claimed he had consented.
Psychologist Nicholas Gully arrives by prison van to hear the verdict at Lewes Crown Court today
He told the jury he but thought the boy was over the legal age and thought he was an ‘easy pick-up’.
Gully, claimed to be unaware of the boy’s age until he was arrested, and when told he said ‘this is bad.’
Beverley Cherrill, defending, said most people would look at Gully with a sense of disgust but she urged the jury not to judge his morals.
‘There is sexual contact,’ she said. ‘That is accepted. But he isn’t charged with being amoral. He is not charged with grooming a child. He is accused of rape – of having sex without consent.’
Miss Cherrill said, asked the jury why Gully would risk everything for a casual hook up with he could just as easily have used an app such as Grindr.
She said: ‘This was an easy pick up. It was a nice way to spend 10 minutes before he had a shower.’
Gully told jurors the boy engaged in sexual contact and wanted to perform a sex act on him, to which Gully ‘pushed him away’ after ‘ten or 15 seconds.’
He said he thought the teenager was interested, as they had ‘made eye contact a few times’ in the communal area of the King Alfred Leisure Centre in Hove.
Gully, of Rottingdean, Brighton, a leading psychotherapist who also heads the Brunswick Clinic, was later arrested and questioned by police over the rape.
He will be sentenced on September 6.