A ROMAN Catholic priest has been charged with sexual offences against a teenage boy that happened more than 30 years ago.

Father Anthony White, now of Cross-In-Hand, Heathfield, is alleged to have committed two offences of indecent assault and an offence of buggery against a boy, then aged 15.

It is said to have occurred at an address where White was living in Horsham.

Sussex Police said White had been an assistant priest at St Johns Church in the town.

He has been was given a summons to appear at Crawley Magistrates Court on Wednesday, April 28.

The 62-year-old did not enter a plea and the case was committed for trial with an initial hearing at Lewes Crown Court on May 26.

It follows an investigation by detectives from the West Sussex safeguarding investigations unit after a report was received by police for the first time in 2020.