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Lichfield vicar escapes prison sentence: The Church of England Newspaper: Jan 6, 2011 January 6, 2011

Posted by geoconger in Abuse, Church of England, Church of England Newspaper.

The Rev. Dominic Stone

First printed in The Church of England Newspaper.

A Staffordshire vicar has avoided imprisonment following his November conviction for possessing child pornography.

On Dec 16, the Rev. Dominic Stone received 16 nine-month sentences for possession of child pornography.  The sentences will be served concurrently and have been suspended for two years.  In addition he was subject to a two year supervision order and must complete a sex offender’s treatment programme.

The Stafford County Court also banned the 47-year old father of two from seeking employment or a voluntary position which would bring him into contact with young people.  It further forbade him access to the internet and ordered him to sign the sex offender’s register for the next 10 years.

Following sentencing, Lichfield diocesan spokesman Gavin Drake said Mr. Stone had resigned his position as team vicar, and “he no longer holds any position within the Church of England.  And he does not possess a licence to serve or minister as a priest.

“Incidents like this are extremely rare,” Mr. Drake added.

“Parents and the wider public can be assured that the Church of England has robust procedures in place to protect the children entrusted to our care, and that the protection of children is of primary importance,” he said.



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