I never touched boys, says priest

Grantham Journal

Published on Wednesday 1 February 2012

A priest has told a court he never sexually abused or inappropriately touched young boys while he was working at Roman Catholic establishments in the West Midlands.

Alexander Bede Walsh is accused of abusing eight youngsters in Warwickshire, Staffordshire and Coventry between 1975 and 1994.

Jurors at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court heard that Walsh, of Abbots Bromley denies a total of 27 offences of indecency, buggery and indecent assault. Giving evidence to the court, the 58-year-old said he enjoyed being around children but not because of any sexual motives.

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