Luton vicar James Ogley sacked by the church after child sex offences conviction

Luton on Sunday

LUTON vicar James Ogley, who was convicted of child sex offences in October, has been sacked by the Church of England.

Today, The Bishop of St Albans, the Rt Revd Dr Alan Smith, finalised steps to remove James Ogley from office and prohibit him from exercising any ministry as a priest in the Church of England for the rest of his life

The Diocese of St Albans said it was the ‘maximum penalty’ that could be imposed.

Ogley is currently serving a two year prison sentence as a result of the conviction.

On his arrest in January 2013, Ogley was suspended from exercising any of the functions of a priest.

The penalty follows James Ogley’s conviction on 30 September for nine offences under the Obscene Publications Act 1959. James Ogley was jailed for 2 years for these offences. The Church’s disciplinary process begins automatically on conviction of a criminal offence involving a custodial sentence.

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