Ex-vicar Abused Boy from Enfield Church over Four Year Period
By Mark Chandler
March 15, 2016
A former vicar who sexually abused a boy from his north London church has been jailed for eight years.
Leonard Skinner, 79, was working as a vicar in Grange Park, Enfield, in the 1970s when he carried out the abuse.
Blackfriars Crown Court heard how Skinner befriended the boy and gained his trust, inviting him to the vicarage for confirmation lessons before abusing him over a four-year period from January 1972 and June 1975.
The boy was aged just 12 when the assaults began but Skinner's crimes were not reported to police until last October.
Skinner, now of Brighton Grove, Tyne and Wear, had admitted two counts of indecent assault on a boy aged under 14 and two against a boy aged under 16.
Detective Conctable Jon Ritsema, from the Metropolitan Police's Sexual Offences, Exploitation and Child Abuse Command, said: "Skinner used his role in a position of trust, as well as his friendly demeanour, to gain access to his victim.
"I would like to pay tribute to the courage of the victim in speaking out against Skinner. It was his testimonial that secured the charges and enabled this case to be brought to court."