Former Coventry Priest James Robinson to Face Trial on Sex Abuse Charges

Coventry Telegraph
November 11, 2009

A FORMER Coventry priest who faces 22 charges of indecency against young boys is to stand trial in the new year.

Father James Robinson pleaded not guilty to all counts at Birmingham Crown Court yesterday.

Representatives for the 72-year-old asked if he could be seated due to his age, as the charges were put to him.

Robinson - a former assistant parish priest at St Elizabeth's, Eld Road, Foleshill during the 70s and 80s - was extradited by police from California in America, earlier this year to face the allegations.

The latest developments follow a change in law in the US state in 2006, which now makes extradition possible.

A magistrate judge in California authorised Robinson's extradition in June.

The court heard yesterday that Robinson is charged with five serious sexual offences, 12 charges of indecent assault, three charges of indecency with a child and two attempts to commit a serious sexual offence.

The charges relate to incidents which are alleged to have taken place between October 13, 1959 and May 18, 1983.

They involve four complainants who are understood to have been young boys aged between 11 and 15 at the time of the alleged incidents.

Robinson was remanded in custody. No application for bail was made on his behalf.

A trial, which is expected to last three weeks, will take place at a date to be fixed in the new year.


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