Wednesday, 16 March 2016

Public inquiry hears former Archbishop of Canterbury failed to pass information to the police

"The former archbishop of Canterbury George Carey failed to pass on a specific allegation of sexual abuse to the police, which allowed a bishop to continue committing offences for another 20 years, a public inquiry has heard."

"Carey was sent a detailed letter by an alleged victim of the bishop, Peter Ball, in 1992 outlining claims of sexual abuse, a preliminary hearing of the independent inquiry into child sex abuse (IICSA) was told..."

"Last year, Ball was sentenced to 32 months in prison for misconduct in public office and indecent assault after admitting abusing 18 young men between 1977 and 1992..."

"[It]...emerged that in 1993, when Ball was being investigated for alleged sex offences, Carey wrote to the then director of public prosecutions in support of the bishop..."

"Ball was eventually told he would not be prosecuted, and received a caution instead..."

"On Wednesday, the inquiry set out its plans to scrutinise the Church of England`s policies and practices, including claims of cover-ups by senior figures in the church."

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