Sex abuse inquiry to focus on Sussex

The Argus

Joel Adams, Reporter Saturday 28 November 2015

THE judge leading a national enquiry into child sexual abuse has said the activities of the former Bishop of Lewes will be the subject of a special investigation.

Historic sex offences in the Diocese of Chichester, including Peter Ball’s, will be examined as a case study by Lady Justice Goddard’s inquiry, which also promised to look into any influence “people of prominence” brought to bear in his case.

Nine churchmen from the diocese have been found guilty of historic offences, or have been named as child abusers by the church, in the course of the last two years.

David Greenwood, a solicitor who represented some of Ball’s victims, said: “It’s right to focus on Chichester because things have gone wrong on a number of levels.”

Ball was jailed in October for taking sexual advantage of young men who came to him for guidance in the 1970s and 80s..

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