Church admits abuse by clergy in Sussex was worst in the country

The Argus

SEXUAL abuse committed by clergymen in Sussex was the worst of anywhere else in the country, the church has said.

The frank admission comes after the ninth Sussex churchman in two years was found to have used their position to commit sexual offences.

Vickery House, a former vicar of Berwick, was found guilty at the Old Bailey on Wednesday of five counts of indecent assault on males – with one as young as 14 – over a period of 16 years.

A Diocese of Chichester spokesman told The Argus they hoped House’s conviction would “touch wood” be the last case to come to light.

But many abuse survivors and their lawyers said they expected more to be unearthed and called for the national Goddard Inquiry into historic sex abuse to make the diocese a particular focus of investigation.

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