Coulsdon pastor Howard Curtis appears in court charged with child cruelty and sexual assaults

Croydon Advertiser

A FORMER Coulsdon Christian pastor accused of child abuse, assault by penetration on a woman and sexually assaulting 13-year-old girls appeared at Croydon Magistrates’ Court today.

Howard Curtis, 71, of Bloxworth Close, Wallington, did not enter a plea to six charges of child abuse against boys and girls, two charges of indecent assault on a girls under 16, four charges of sexual assault on 13-year-old girls and assault by penetration on a woman.

Curtis, formerly of the Coulsdon Christian Fellowship, spoke only to confirm his name, date of birth and address.

The 13 charges relate to eight victims, who cannot be named for legal reasons, dating from between 1969 and 2012.

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