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Berkshire vicar arrested on child sex charges: The Church of England Newspaper, June 2, 2013, p 6. June 12, 2013

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The associate rector of St Michael’s Church in Spencers Wood has been suspended by the diocese of Oxford following his arrest last week on suspicion of sexually abusing children.

The Rev Peter Jarvis was arrested last week following an investigation by police into accusations the 49-year-old vicar had groomed and incited sexual activity with a number of children aged 12 to 16. The offenses are alleged to occur have occurred between 2009 and 2011 at a West Berkshire school.

A statement released by the Bishop of Reading’s office said: “We can confirm that the Rev. Pete Jarvis has been arrested on suspicion of sexual offences. The Church of England expects the highest standards of personal conduct in its clergy, and the Diocese of Oxford takes allegations such as this extremely seriously.”

“Mr Jarvis will not be undertaking any duties in relation to the church’s ministry while the police investigation continues. The Bishop of Reading is aware of the situation and has made arrangements for the continued pastoral care of the parish during this time of uncertainty. He is holding in his prayers all those affected by this case.”

Mr Jarvis has been released on bail and is to return to court on 15 June to answer the charges.

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