Bristol vicar found guilty of voyeurism: The Church of England Newspaper, March 17, 2013 p 2. March 24, 2013Posted by geoconger in Church of England, Church of England Newspaper.
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The Bristol Crown Court has handed down an eight-month jail term, suspended for two years, to a Somerset vicar found guilty of voyeurism.
Judge Neil Ford QC sentenced the Rev. Richard Lee, (49), the former vicar of St Augustine’s Church in Locking and St Mary’s Church in Hutton last week after the suspended clergyman pled guilty to eight counts of voyeurism and 18 counts of making indecent images.
According to the prosecution Mr. Lee compiled a collection of several hundred photographs by secretly spying on three girls and a woman in his parish over the course of 10 years. The vicar was arrested in July 2012 after the images were spotted on his laptop computer.
Mr. Lee, who is married to the Rev. Ann Lee (47) and has two children, acknowledged his crimes before court and pled for mercy from the judge. In his summing up, Judge Ford said he would withhold imprisonment but Mr. Lee had lost his calling as a clergy. He was also banned from working with children indefinitely and must complete a sexual offenders’ programme.
The diocese of Bath and Wells stated Mr. Lee had been suspended from the ministry following his arrest last year.