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Mersyside priest suspended after arrest for possession of child pornography: The Church of England Newspaper, June 6, 2013, p 4. June 13, 2013

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

The Rev. Ian Hughes

The Diocese of Chester has suspended a parish priest following his arrest on suspicion of possessing indecent images of children. On 22 May 2013 Merseyside Police arrested the Rev. Ian Hughes, 45, priest-in-charge of St. Luke’s Poulton and St. Paul’s Seacombe in Wirral.

Mr. Hughes, who has also been stood down from his post of governor of a Merseyside primary school, has been released on bail and is to appear in court next month to answer the charges.

A statement released by the diocese said the Bishop of Chester, the Rt. Rev Peter Forster, at suspended Mr. Hughes “immediately when we knew of his arrest.”

The diocesan spokesman said:  a spokesman for the diocese said: “Full co-operation is now taking place with the police and the authorities. We await outcomes from the current investigation and the workings of the justice system.”

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