BREAKING NEWS: Former priest sentenced to more than six years for sexual offences against young men

Hastings & St. Leonards Observer

A now retired Church of England priest has been sentenced to a total of six and a half years imprisonment for five sexual offences against four young men in the 1970s and 1980s.

Vickery House, 69, of Brighton Road, Handcross, was sentenced at the Old Bailey on Thursday (October 29) having been convicted on Tuesday after a 12-day trial.

He was found guilty of two offences against a boy in Devon between 1970 and 1971; one offence in East Sussex between 1983 and 1985, was against another man; one offence was against a man in East Sussex in 1981; and one offence was against another man in East Sussex in 1985.

He was found not guilty of one offence in Devon against the second victim and of one offence against each of two other men, in East Sussex and in London.

Detective Inspector Jez Prior of Sussex Police said, “This complex investigation began when we received information from the Church of England in May 2012, concerning one of the victims who he has been found guilty of assaulting. The others came forward during the investigation.

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