January 24, 2006

Crisis talks over arrested priest

Birmingham Mail

Jan 23 2006

By Mark Cowan, Birmingham Mail

EDUCATION chiefs were due to meet this week to discuss the future of a parish priest who was arrested on suspicion of raping a child.

Honorary Canon, Father John Herve, was arrested after allegations of "rape and gross indecency with a person under 16" were made against him.

The Mail revealed on Saturday that the Church of England clergyman has been suspended from his duties by the Diocese of Birmingham, in a "neutral act" while the police investigation is conducted.

Fr John is head of the board of governors at Ladypool Primary School where pervert teaching assistant Mark Smith was last week jailed for grooming a schoolgirl.

Posted by kshaw at January 24, 2006 07:46 AM