A Catholic priest has been jailed for ten years after being found guilty of plying a teenage boy with alcohol drinks, right before he carried out a terrifying assault against him.
The suspect has been identified as Fr Anthony White who is said to have started abusing the 15-year-old boy between the years 1992 and 1993.
During that time, he is believed to have worked as the assistant priest at St. John’s Church in Horsham during that period.
The priest who hailed from Sussex recently received his sentencing from the Hove Crown Court for the s*xual assault crimes. Other charges slapped against his name included two other offenses such as indecent assault.
The crimes took place at the priest’s residential address where he happened to be residing during that time as assistant priest for the St. John’s Church.
But a spokesperson for the Sussex Police has gone on to mention how the 64-year-old had been charged only after the victim came forward in 2020 to reveal the suspect’s wrongdoing.
The detective leading the case mentioned that White got a chance to know the boy when he and his relatives came forward and attended the Church service.
“With time, he slowly gained his confidence around the priest and thought he was a wonderful man. The victim even visited his address on a frequent basis in Horsham in regards to doing some extra duties to assist around the home. He had no idea what this man was capable of”- the detective went on to add.
On the first occasion that the indecent incident took place, the priest is believed to have offered the child a drink of alcohol and then assaulted him. But this was not the first time. There were several other incidents that took place where he committed similar acts of s*xual nature against him.
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