Sutton man jailed for using his position as a priest to sexually abuse ‘vulnerable’ 10-year-old boy

Croydon Advertiser

February 22, 2018

By Sarah George

Ifor Whittaker would offer his young victim glasses of cola spiked with alcohol and urged him to keep quiet about his depraved abuse.

A pensioner from Sutton has been jailed after a jury found him guilty of sexually abusing a 10-year-old boy while he worked as a priest in the late 1980s.

Ifor Whittaker, 73, currently of Rectory Road, Sutton, denied committing seven offences against the “vulnerable” young boy, but was found guilty following a nine-day trial.

Whittaker, previously known as Colin Pritchard before a legal name change, used his position of power at an East Sussex vicarage to abuse the boy.

He would spike the boy’s drinks with alcohol before sexually assaulting him, then urge him not to speak out about his experiences, Lewes Crown Court heard.

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