Priest charged with sex abuse
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A retired Church of England priest Canon Gordon Rideout from East Sussex has been charged with committing 38 sexual offences against 18 children and young teenagers.
The offences are alleged to have been committed between 1962 and 1973 in Crawley, London and Hampshire. He was arrested at his home in March following a nine-month investigation and charged on Wednesday night. He will appear before magistrates in July.
The BBC reports that 36 of the 38 alleged offences are of indecent assault on girls and boys in their early teens, Sussex Police said.
Of those, 31 are alleged to have been committed at a property in Crawley, West Sussex, and one in Barkingside, east London, between 1962 and 1968.
A further four indecent assaults are alleged to have taken place in Middle Wallop, Hampshire, between 1971 and 1973.
The other two allegations are of attempted unlawful sexual intercourse with a girl in Crawley between 1962 and 1966.
This case highlights the fact that sexual abuse by priests is not confined simply to the Roman Cathoilc church but to other faiths too.
The case regardless of outcome also raises questions about how priests are managed, and who in "management" knew about sexual abuse and failed to act?
This is regardless of the outcome a case to watch.
The Lynn trial in the USA has shone a bright light on the failings of church management to adequately deal with priests who sexually abuse children.
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