|Former Coventry Priest James Robinson Guilty of Child Sex Abuse
October 22, 2010
FORMER Coventry Catholic priest James Robinson was convicted at Birmingham Crown Court today of 21 charges of sexual abuse of young boys between 1959 and 1983.
He was jailed for 21 years and told by the judge that he would have to serve two thirds of the sentence before becoming eligible for parole.
Robinson worked as a priest in several parishes across the Midlands, including St Elizabeth’s Church in Foleshill during the late 1970s and early 1980s.
The three-week trial at Birmingham Crown Court heard the first complaint about Robinson was made to West Midlands Police in 1985.
Robinson, who was also a professional boxer before entering the priesthood, was extradited from California last year.
The 73-year-old was arrested by detectives at Heathrow airport upon his arrival.
Robinson, who grew up in the Midlands area, denies all the charges.
After a day of deliberations yesterday, the jury of seven women and five men was sent home last night.
Members of the jury were due to start discussions again this morning at Birmingham Crown Court.
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