Catholic Priest David Taylor in Court on Child Sex Charges

By Chris Robinson
The Journal
December 24, 2008 -sex-charges-61634-22542450/

A CATHOLIC priest yesterday appeared in court charged with a string of sex offences against young boys.

Fr David Taylor, 59, is alleged to have committed five counts of indecent assault in the Holy Island and Seaham areas during the 1980s.

Taylor, of Northumberland Avenue, Bedlington, spoke only to confirm his name, age and address and did not enter a plea.

He was released on unconditional bail and ordered to reappear at Peterlee Magistrates' Court on February 24.

Taylor was removed as priest in charge of St Peter's Church, Low Fell, Gateshead, last February.

He has worked at several parishes in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle and was ordained in 1977.

His first appointment was at St Anthony's, Walker, Newcastle, where he remained until 1981.

From there he went to St Mary's, Seaham, County Durham, before moving to St Joseph's, Sunderland, from 1989 to 1991.

He was then posted to St John's, Billingham, Teesside, before becoming parish priest at St Peter's, Kells Lane, Low Fell, in 2002.


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