Retired Docese of Chichester priest appears in court on sex offence charges

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A retired priest has appeared in court charged with sexually abusing teenage boys.
 

Robert Coles, of Upperton Road in Eastbourne, appeared at Chichester Crown Court yesterday charged with sexual offences against three teenage boys in Chichester and other locations in the country between the 1970s and early 1990s.
 

The 71-year-old pleaded not guilty to three offences of buggery on one of the boys then aged between 15 and 16 at a location in Chichester between 1982 and 1984.

He will stand on June 10 and continues to be on court bail.
 

The Crown Prosecution Service will also decide in January whether Coles will face further offences of indecent assault which he has also pleaded not guilty to.
 

Coles was arrested in March and was charged in August this year following a year-long enquiry by Sussex Police detectives.
 

Sussex Police said that none of the charges relate to any allegations of recent or current offending and that there is nothing to suggest that any children are currently at risk.
 

A Diocese of Chichester spokeswoman said: “Our prayers are for anyone affected by today’s hearing.
 

“We are unable to comment further at this stage whilst we allow the judicial system to take its course.”
 

She added the church’s cooperation with Sussex police in this investigation is in line with their ongoing commitment to do all that is necessary to bring any allegations of abuse to the attention of the public authorities, and to ensure that the Diocese of Chichester is a safe place for all.
 

A special NSPCC helpline has been set up for anyone who feels they need support or advice on 0800 389 5344.

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5:10pm Sun 16 Dec 12

Somethingsarejustwrong says...

All the religious people who post on this site would do well to consider why case after case of this nature are rolling out. Then lets add the novelty of religion being fiction and then perhaps we should all take a look at Hitler?

Alyn Southwick may also have a few words to add?
All the religious people who post on this site would do well to consider why case after case of this nature are rolling out. Then lets add the novelty of religion being fiction and then perhaps we should all take a look at Hitler? Alyn Southwick may also have a few words to add? Somethingsarejustwrong
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11:06pm Tue 18 Dec 12

trystero says...

Why haven't the usual suspects ("The Greens" / "travellers" / students /
"foreigners" / "scroungers" / "the public sector") been blamed for this yet?

Opps, I forgot - the CoE IS "the public sector" - or at least the male members (sic.) get representation (+ generous ) expenses in the House of Lords, which is even better....
Why haven't the usual suspects ("The Greens" / "travellers" / students / "foreigners" / "scroungers" / "the public sector") been blamed for this yet? Opps, I forgot - the CoE IS "the public sector" - or at least the male members (sic.) get representation (+ generous ) expenses in the House of Lords, which is even better.... trystero
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