An Essex vicar has recently admitted to being in possession of almost 200 images of child sex abuse.
Child sex abuse images
Chelmsford Crown Court heard how Reverend Peter Low downloaded an assortment of images, some of which depicted the most serious category of child sex abuse.
In total, the 65 year old admitted to possessing 179 images depicting child sex abuse. 55 of those images were classed as indecent, nine of which were said to be at the most serious level. A further 124 images of child sex abuse in the Reverend’s possession were classed as ‘prohibited’.
Low pleaded guilty to three counts of possessing indecent images of children. He also pleaded guilty to one count of possessing prohibited images of children.
Low, a clergyman of the United Benefice of Heybridge with Langford in Essex, is due to be sentenced on 2 May 2017. As part of his bail conditions he must have no contact with under 18s, unless supervised.
Response from Diocese of Chelmsford
The Diocese of Chelmsford said it was ‘appalled’, adding that online abuse of children “is not tolerated by the church”.
A spokesman for the Diocese went on to say that Low remained suspended from all his duties as a vicar and will face investigation after sentencing. The spokesman added:
“The diocese is appalled that a clergyman has fallen so far short of the standards expected by the church.
“The diocese strives to uphold the highest standards in safeguarding policy, training, practice and disciplinary action.
“The online abuse of children destroys childhoods and devastates society.
“It is not tolerated by the church.”
Sexual abuse claims – expert advice
If you have been affected by any instance of physical sexual abuse or non-physical sexual abuse, contact us today. We offer expert advice on sexual abuse and assault claims, and we guarantee your confidentiality at all times.
For further information, and to discover how we could help you, begin a conversation with our experienced and friendly team. Call 0800 888 6 888 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.