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Retired Suffolk vicar jailed 22 months for child abuse: The Church of England Newspaper, January 6, 2013, p 2. January 4, 2013

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A retired Suffolk clergyman was sentenced to one year and 10 months imprisonment this week by the Norwich Crown Court for child abuse.

At the sentencing hearing on 17 December Judge Mark Lucraft told the Rev. John Haley Dossor (71): “You sexually abused these teenage boys who were committed to your care for recreation and education. As a clergyman you were in a position where people looked up to you and respected you. Parents trusted you with the care of their children.”

In addition to a term of imprisonment, the judge ordered Mr. Dossor placed on the sex offenders’ register and issued a sexual offences prevention order to last for five years. On 16 Oct 2012, Mr. Dossor pled guilty before the Ipswich Crown Court of having abused six boys between 1990 and 1994 while serving at St Mary’s Church in Hadleigh. In 2001 Mr. Dossor became vicar of St Mary-at-the-Elms, Ipswich, retiring in 2007. In 2009 he resigned his orders after the abuse allegations came to light.

The Bishop of St Edmundsbury & Ipswich, the Rt. Rev. Nigel Stock, responded to the guilty plea by saying: “Clergy hold a position of trust and whenever such trust is broken it is widely felt, most of all by those who have been directly affected.”

“Whilst these events took place a long time ago, it is only right that the Church should acknowledge the broken trust and offer sincere and deep apologies.”

Gavin Stone, assistant diocesan secretary for the diocese, said after the sentence was handed down that bishop Stock “continues to offer unreserved regret and apologies to all those whose lives have been damaged by this individual, fully acknowledging the impact that broken trust by someone in a position of responsibility can have on the lives of all those involved.”

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