May 13, 2006

Priest charged with raping child is given bail

Saturday Star

May 13, 2006 Edition 2


A British priest charged with indecently assaulting a homeless 10-year-old South African boy has been given his passport back, and permission to return to the UK.

The 52-year-old alleged sex tourist, who appeared in the Cape Town Magistrate's Court yesterday, is the vicar of three English parishes. Child rights supporters and people associated with homeless children shelters protested outside the court when the man appeared yesterday.

His advocate, William King, successfully applied for his client, who may not be named until he pleads to a charge of indecent assault, to have his passport returned so that the clergyman may travel home to his quaint village church in the Oxfordshire countryside. It is believed he is an Anglican vicar but this was not disclosed in court yesterday.

According to an article posted on an Oxfordshire-based website, the accused travels to South Africa twice a year and has been "supporting a hostel in Cape Town for several years".

Posted by kshaw at May 13, 2006 07:28 AM