Former Priest and College Deputy Head Accused of "Preying" on Two Young Boys over Seven Year Period

The Argus
July 6, 2015

A PRIEST and deputy headmaster at a community college “preyed” on two young boys for his “own sexual gratification” over a seven year period, a court has heard.

Christopher Howarth has appeared today before Hove Trial Centre accused of 20 counts of sexual activity with two boys between 2004 and 2011.

The 67-year-old is accused of engaging the teenage boys in sexual activity in return for up to ?100 a time, computer games and mobile phone contracts.

Prosecutor Henrietta Paget said Mr Howarth had carried out “long-standing and entrenched sexual abuse” of the two boys.

The court heard that abuse was carried out in Mr Howarth’s study at his home in Rocks Park Road in Uckfield, in his school office, at a caravan Mr Howarth owned, in the car and on one occasion at the child’s home.

Mr Howarth is a former deputy headteacher at Uckfield Community Technology College and had served at at St Michael’s in Little Horsted, Holy Cross in Uckfield and St Margaret’s in Ifield

An all-women jury was sworn in at court today and they are expected to retire for their deliberations by Wednesday week.








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