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The Church of England supported predators in its ranks more than its victims


The Church of England "failed" to protect children and youth from sexual predators in their ranks while a culture of secrecy allowed abusers to hide, according to a damn report released today.

The independent Child Sexual Abuse Survey (IICSA) found that nearly 400 people who were clergy or trusted Church affiliates were convicted of sex offenses against children from the 1940s through 2018.

In the past year, 2,504 safety concerns about children and vulnerable adults and 449 concerns about recent child sexual abuse were reported to dioceses.

However, research into whether both the Church of England and the Church in Wales have historically protected children from sexual abuse found that both institutions failed to take reports of abuse seriously for nearly eight decades.

His report found that "many allegations were kept internally by the Church instead of being immediately reported to outside authorities".

The responses to the sexual abuse disclosure "showed neither the necessary urgency nor an assessment of the gravity of the allegations," the report said.

It found that “recent sexual abuse allegations” were not “overlooked” because “it was not understood that the passage of time had not eliminated the risk posed by the perpetrator, and because the lifelong effects of the abuse on the victim were not understood. & # 39;

Meanwhile, suspected perpetrators received more support than victims of sexual abuse, while those who reported the abuse became “actively disbelievers” by the Church.

Citing the case of former Bishop Peter Ball, the investigation suggests that ex-The Archbishop of Canterbury, Lord George Carey, "simply could not believe the allegations against Ball or acknowledge their seriousness, regardless of evidence".

The report adds that Carey "was open to his bishop" and "apparently wanted the whole business to go away".

The investigation report also found:

  • Church "neglected the well-being of children in order to protect their reputation";
  • A culture of secrecy and "respect for the Church" enabled sexual predators to hide.
  • There was "disproportionate loyalty" to members of the Church, which meant that individual priests refused to convict or investigate alleged perpetrators.
  • Church members "naively" considered the sexual abuse of children by priests to be "improbable or impossible" because of their religious beliefs and "moral code".
  • The "moral authority of the church has been widely regarded as unreproachable";
  • The Church's failure to respond to alleged sexual abuse contributed to the trauma of the victims.
  • A significant number of criminals in the Church involved downloading child pornography.

The Church of England "failed" to protect children from sexual predators in its ranks, while a culture of secrecy allowed abusers to hide. One damn report made claims (stocks).

The investigation looked at the case of Victor Whitsey, who was Bishop of Chester between 1974 and 1982. Thirteen people complained to the Cheshire Constabulary of sexual abuse by Whitsey, and the Church is aware of six other complainants. The allegations included sexual assault of teenage boys and girls while receiving pastoral assistance. He died in 1987

Among the sexual abuse cases that have recently troubled the Church include former Bishop Peter Ball, who was jailed for 32 months in 2015 for sexually abusing boys that was carried out over three decades

The investigation looked at the case of Victor Whitsey (left), who was Bishop of Chester between 1974 and 1982. Thirteen people have complained to the Cheshire Constabulary of sexual abuse by Whitsey, and the Church is aware of six other complainants. He died in 1987. Among the cases of sexual abuse that recently troubled the Church was former Bishop Peter Ball (right), who was jailed for 32 months in 2015 for over three decades of sexual abuse against boys

The report highlights the excessive attention paid to the alleged sexual abuse perpetrator as opposed to that of the victim. For example, it is noted that former dean of Manchester Cathedral, Robert Waddington, has been the subject of a number of allegations of child sexual abuse over many years.

Nonetheless, his age and weakness allowed his permission to continue to serve, "apparently without considering the risks to the children with whom he came into contact".

Timothy Storey, a youth leader in the Diocese of London from 2002 to 2007, used his role to care for teenage girls. He is serving 15 years in prison for several offenses against children

Timothy Storey, a youth leader in the Diocese of London from 2002 to 2007, used his role to care for teenage girls. He is serving 15 years in prison for several offenses against children

The investigation found that "a significant number of violations involved downloading or holding indecent pictures of children".

His report examined a number of cases involving both convicted and alleged perpetrators. "Many of these showed that the church has failed to take disclosures by or about children seriously or to report allegations to the legal authorities."

This included Timothy Storey, a youth leader in the Diocese of London from 2002 to 2007, who used his role in caring for teenage girls.

Storey is currently serving 15 years in prison for multiple offenses against children, including rape. Years before his conviction, he had admitted sexual activity with a teenage boy with diocesan workers, but refused to coercion.

The investigation also looked into the case of Victor Whitsey, who was Bishop of Chester between 1974 and 1982. Thirteen people have complained to the Cheshire Constabulary of sexual abuse by Whitsey, and the Church is aware of six other complainants.

The allegations included sexual assault against boys and girls while receiving pastoral assistance. He died in 1987.

Another important case examined by the investigation was Reverend Trevor Devamanikkam, who was a priest until 1996. In 1984 and 1985 he allegedly raped and indecently assaulted a teenager, Matthew Ineson, several times in his home.

Investigator Professor Alexis Jay said, "For many decades the Church has failed to protect children and adolescents from sexual abuse and has created a culture where perpetrators can hide and victims encounter barriers to disclosure that many have not been able to overcome."

Investigator Professor Alexis Jay said, "For many decades the Church has failed to protect children and adolescents from sexual abuse and has created a culture where perpetrators can hide and victims encounter barriers to disclosure that many have not been able to overcome."

As of 2012, Reverend Matthew Ineson has provided the Church with a number of claims and has complained about the Church's response. Devamanikkam was charged in 2017 and committed suicide the day before he appeared in court.

Victims received little or no pastoral support or advice, while their perpetrators received assistance from those in senior positions of authority.

"Bishops have too much power and too little accountability": Advocates for 20 victims of child sexual abuse in the Council of Europe call for a "big change" in protection as "damn report" finds the Church has failed to protect children from sexual predators

Lawyers representing 20 child sexual abuse survivors in the Church of England have beaten religious authorities for "failing victims".

Richard Scorer, Slater and Gordon's lead attorney on the investigation, said "Bishops have too much power and too little accountability".

He called for "major changes" including "adequate support for survivors and the removal of the bishops' operational responsibility for protection".

Mr Scorer told MailOnline: 'This is a very damn report. It affirms that despite decades of scandals and endless promises, the Church of England continues to fail victims and survivors. Bishops have too much power and too little accountability.

& # 39; National guidelines are not properly enforced. Sexual abuse by clergy continues to be minimized. The report indicates that major changes are still needed, including adequate support for survivors and the lifting of the bishops' operational responsibility for protection.

“In order to bring about change, we also need reporting and independent monitoring of the protection of the church. It is imperative that IICSA recommends this in its final report next year. & # 39;

Until 2015, the Church did not adequately fund protection, and advice from protection staff was often overlooked or ignored in order to protect the Church's reputation.

According to the research, the "culture" of the church – including the widespread "respect for the authority of the church and individual priests" – contributed to "becoming a place where perpetrators could hide".

When examining the investigative report on the behavior of pedophile Ball, the former Bishop of Lewes and Gloucester, who was convicted in 2015, the investigation highlighted five problem areas: clericalism, tribalism, naivety, prestige and sexuality.

The report states: “Power was mainly with the clergy, with no accountability to any outside or independent body or to any individual. There was a culture of clericalism in which the moral authority of the clergy was widely perceived as unprovoked.

"They benefited from suspensive treatment so that their behavior would not be questioned and some children and vulnerable adults could abuse."

The study on tribalism states: “Within the church there was a disproportionate loyalty to members of one's own“ tribe ”. This inappropriately extended to safeguarding the practice with protecting some individuals accused of child sexual abuse.

"The perpetrators were defended by their peers who also tried to reintegrate them into church life without regard for the welfare or protection of children."

The report accused members of the Church of naivete, suggesting that "there was and still is a view among some parishioners and clergy that their religious practices and adherence to a moral code made child sexual abuse very unlikely".

It has been argued that the "primary concern" of many high-ranking clergymen is "to uphold the reputation of the Church, which has priority over victims and survivors".

“Older clergymen often refused to report allegations to the legal authorities, preferring to keep the accused internally administered for as long as possible. This hampered criminal investigations and allowed some abusers to escape justice, ”the report said.

It is even said that there was a "culture of fear and secrecy" about sexuality, with some members of the Church "mistakenly associating homosexuality with child sexual abuse."

The report adds: “There was a lack of transparency, open dialogue and openness regarding sexual matters, along with a clumsiness in investigating such matters. This made it difficult to challenge sexual behavior. & # 39;

The research suggests that all of this often resulted in “totally inappropriate” responses to authentic or suspected cases of child sexual abuse.

The case cited is the case of Bishop Peter Forster, who told a hearing that the convicted pedophile Reverend Ian Hughes "was misled into viewing child pornography". More than 800 of the 8,000 naughty images Hughes downloaded were classified as the most serious.

The IICSA report states: “The culture of the Church of England made it possible to become a place where perpetrators could hide. Respect for the authority of the Church and individual priests, taboos on the discussion of sexuality, and an environment in which alleged perpetrators were treated more supportively than victims, presented barriers to disclosure that many victims could not overcome.

Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby

Archbishop of York Stephen Cottrell

The Archbishops of York (right) and Canterbury (left) apologized fiercely for “shameful failure” to respond to allegations of child sexual abuse prior to the report's release

Another aspect of ecclesiastical culture was clericalism, which meant that the moral authority of the clergy was widely perceived as unreproachable.

“As we have said in other reports, faith organizations like the Church of England are distinguished by their explicit moral purpose to teach right from wrong.

"We really apologize for our shameful mistakes": Archbishops of Canterbury and York's open letter in full

The independent Child Sexual Abuse Inquiry, IICSA, is due to release its overall investigative report on the Church of England (and the Church in Wales) on Tuesday October 6th.

For the survivors, this will remind them of the abuse they have suffered and our failure to respond well. It will be a very harrowing time for her. Some have bravely told their story at IICSA hearings or other forums. For others, this report will be a reminder of the abuse they have never openly talked about. We are genuinely sorry for the shameful way the Church has acted, and we declare our obligation to listen, learn, and respond to the results of the report. We cannot and will not make excuses and we can again sincerely and heartily apologize to the abused and to their families, friends and colleagues.

We as the Church of England are ready to support anyone who comes forward. We have to live up to our commitment to change. Survivors have told us that words are meaningless without action; We take action, but we are also aware that what we did was neither soon enough nor enough.

Please pray for all who will be affected by the release of the report on Tuesday and that we as a church will be able to respond with humility and a shared determination to change. We need to listen carefully and reflect honestly on everything the report says and continue to drive changes toward a safer church for all.

As of this writing, we know the report is based on the July 2019 trial, which examined the Church of England and Church in Wales response to allegations of child sexual abuse, as well as the appropriateness of current safeguards and practices Methods exercises. The report will also focus on common themes and issues identified in the overall inquiry, including the case studies on Bishop Peter Ball and the Diocese of Chichester, both held in 2018. The report identifies defects that we are already working on changing, as well as defects that we will have to work harder to change. There will no doubt be strong recommendations, and we welcome that. We are fully committed to taking steps to make the Church a safe place for all and to address survivors' needs for support and reparation.

Protection means cherishing everyone as someone who was created in God's image. It's preventing harm and promoting well-being. It is about responding compassionately to victims and survivors, addressing justice issues relating to survivors, other complainants, respondents and anyone else affected, and helping them rebuild their lives. Protection is fundamental to our beliefs. Regardless of our role in the life of the Church, protection is the responsibility of each and every one of us, guided and advised by our protection professionals. Church leaders have a special responsibility to work together to bring about the change in culture and practice that we need to see that have been just too slow.

In the context of child sexual abuse, the Church's neglect of the physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being of children and youth in order to protect their reputations has been at odds with its mission to love and care for the innocent and vulnerable. & # 39;

The Church's failure to respond consistently to victims and survivors of child sexual abuse often contributed to the trauma of the victims, which Archbishop Justin Welby described as "deeply and deeply shocking."

Meanwhile, the investigation found that the Church in Wales has never had an external audit program – meaning its protection practices have not been independently audited. The report highlights record keeping as a major problem for the Church.

Attitudes toward forgiveness are also taken into account in the report, noting that many members of the Church see this as an appropriate response to admission of wrongdoing.

The research made eight recommendations, covering areas such as clergy discipline, information sharing, and support for victims and survivors.

Professor Alexis Jay, chairman of the investigation, said: “For many decades the Church of England has not protected children and young people from sexual abuse and has instead facilitated a culture in which the perpetrators could hide and the victims encountered disclosure barriers that many could not overcome.

There were simply not enough security officers in the Church in Wales to do the amount of work they asked for. It has been found that records are almost non-existent and do little to help understand previous protection issues.

“To ensure that the right measures are taken in the future, it is important that the protection of children from heinous sexual abuse is continuously strengthened.

“If real and lasting change is to be made, it is important that the Church improve responses to allegations made by victims and survivors and provide adequate support to those victims over time.

"The panel and I hope that this report and its recommendations support these changes to ensure these errors never recur."

Lawyers representing 20 child sexual abuse survivors have beaten religious authorities for “failing victims”.

Richard Scorer, Slater and Gordon's lead attorney on the investigation, said "Bishops have too much power and too little accountability".

He called for "major changes" including "adequate support for survivors and the removal of the bishops' operational responsibility for protection".

Mr Scorer told MailOnline: 'This is a very damn report. It affirms that despite decades of scandals and endless promises, the Church of England continues to fail victims and survivors. Bishops have too much power and too little accountability.

& # 39; National guidelines are not properly enforced. Sexual abuse by clergy continues to be minimized. The report indicates that major changes are still needed, including adequate support for survivors and the lifting of the bishops' operational responsibility for protection.

“To bring about change we also need reporting and independent oversight over the protection of the church. It is imperative that IICSA recommends this in its final report next year. & # 39;

The Archbishops of York and Canterbury apologized fiercely for the "shameful mistakes" made against allegations of child sexual abuse prior to the report's release today.

In their open letter, Justin Welby and Stephen Cottrell said, “For survivors, this will remind them of the abuse they have suffered and our failure to respond well. It will be a very harrowing time for her. Some have bravely told their story at IICSA hearings or other forums. For others, this report will be a reminder of the abuse they never spoke openly about.

“We are truly sorry for the shameful way the Church has acted, and we pledge to listen, learn, and respond to the results of the report.

We cannot and will not make excuses and we can again sincerely and heartily apologize to the abused and their families.

In September the Church of England set up a multi-million pound compensation fund to direct money to victims of historical sex abuse by bishops, clergymen and lay church workers.

The "Preliminary Pilot Support Program" will make the first payouts from a compensation process that is expected to cost the Church £ 200 million.

The fund was approved by the Cabinet of the Church, which also stated that in the future it would invite external authorities to conduct independent investigations into allegations against church figures.

Officials declined to disclose the size of the new fund, but Church documents earlier this year said the final bill was expected to be £ 200 million.

"Portraits of Predators": How three CoE members abused their positions and committed child sexual abuse – while their victims were disappointed by "failures" of the church.

Bishop Victor Whitsey

Victor Whitsey was ordained a priest in the Diocese of Blackburn in 1949. Between 1955 and 1968 he was a priest in the Diocese of Manchester and the Diocese of Blackburn.

Victor Whitsey was ordained a priest in the Diocese of Blackburn in 1949. Between 1955 and 1968 he was a priest in the Diocese of Manchester and the Diocese of Blackburn

Victor Whitsey was ordained a priest in the Diocese of Blackburn in 1949. Between 1955 and 1968 he was a priest in the Diocese of Manchester and the Diocese of Blackburn

He was named Suffragan Bishop of Hertford in the Diocese of St. Albans in 1971 and Bishop of Chester in 1974, a position he held until his retirement in early 1982. He served in the Diocese of Blackburn until his death in 1987.

In January 2016, a grown man announced to a pastor that he had been indecently assaulted by Whitsey as a child in the early 1980s. The Diocesan Protection Advisor (DSA) was informed immediately.

In addition to offering pastoral assistance to the complainant, she alerted the Bishop of Chester, Peter Forster (who said he had "little more to do with the matter") and referred the case to the National Safeguarding Team.

The complainant also stated that in 2002 he had reported his abuse to Bishop Forster. He was offered counseling but no further action was taken.

Bishop Forster had "a vague memory of someone … who said Victor Whitsey put his arm around him". He said this was "not registered at the time" because Whitsey "had a reputation for strange behavior in general".

Bishop Forster has not made any written records or done any additional research. This contradicted the Church of England's Child Protection Policy (1999) that the recipient of an abuse allegation "must keep a detailed record of their responses," including "the content of all conversations … any decisions made and the reasons for them".

In July 2016, the DSA received information from two other men who claimed Whitsey sexually abused them as children between 1974 and 1981.

She informed the Cheshire Constabulary, which opened an investigation – Operation Coverage. It focused on incidents between 1974 and 1982 during Whitsey's tenure as Bishop of Chester. Another 10 potential victims were identified, including teenagers and young adults of both sexes.

Police investigations found that "it was clear that those who reported abuse had previously provided the Church with details of their allegations." In October 2017, the Cheshire Constabulary concluded that there was enough alive evidence to question Whitsey on 10 allegations.

By our third hearing in July 2019, a total of 19 people had announced that they had been sexually abused by Whitsey.

Timothy Storey

Between 2002 and 2007 Timothy Storey worked as a youth and child laborer in the Diocese of London. He also served as a youth leader for a mission organization. In September 2007 he began an ordinand training at a theological college in Oxford with the sponsorship of the diocese.

A senior missionary organization leader received four reports of sexual abuse against Storey between 2007 and 2009.

They were made by girls and young women between the ages of 13 and 19 who Storey was known for his youth work and leadership in the Church.

In February 2009, the high-ranking head of the mission organization informed the Diocese of London of the allegations of abuse.

Reverend Jeremy Crossley, director of ordinands in the Two City Region, met with Storey in March 2009 to seek his response.

Timothy Storey, a youth leader in the Diocese of London from 2002 to 2007, used his role to care for teenage girls. He is serving 15 years in prison for several offenses against children

Timothy Storey, a youth leader in the Diocese of London from 2002 to 2007, used his role to care for teenage girls. He is serving 15 years in prison for several offenses against children

This meeting contradicted the Church's policy of the time (Protecting All God & # 39; s Children, 2004) that a member of the Church "should never speak directly to the person alleged against".

Während des Treffens gab Storey Reverend Crossley zu, dass er Geschlechtsverkehr mit einem 16-jährigen Mädchen hatte, das er durch eine christliche Wohnveranstaltung kennengelernt hatte, an der er in einer Führungsposition teilnahm.

Gemäß der Politik der Kirche hätten diese Angaben unverzüglich der Polizei und den Sozialdiensten gemeldet werden müssen.

Nach seinem Treffen mit Storey sagte Reverend Crossley zu Reverend Hugh Valentine, dem Berater des Bischofs für Kinderschutz, dass Storey "im Grunde ein guter Mann ist, der ein effektiver Priester sein kann".

Die Angelegenheit wurde an den von der örtlichen Behörde benannten Beamten (LADO) weitergeleitet, der sagte, es sei keine lebende Angelegenheit für sie.

Reverend Valentine kam dann zu dem Schluss, dass er die Umstände nicht als "Kinderschutzangelegenheit" ansah. Eine anschließende Überprüfung ergab, dass dies „äußerst kurzsichtig war… es berücksichtigt nicht das Risiko, das Storey für andere Personen eingegangen sein könnte, die sich möglicherweise in seinem Einflussbereich befanden und jünger als 18 Jahre waren“.

Später im März 2009 besprach Reverend Valentine die Angelegenheit mit der Polizei, jedoch auf informeller Basis telefonisch.

Die Polizei ergriff keine weiteren Maßnahmen, da das Mädchen zu diesem Zeitpunkt 16 Jahre alt war. "Wenn jedoch ein Hinweis auf Zwang erwähnt worden wäre, wäre der Rat möglicherweise sehr unterschiedlich gewesen."

Die Polizei wurde nicht über die gesamte Geschichte der Vorwürfe gegen Storey informiert oder dass E-Mails, die bei der Diözese London, einschließlich Reverend Valentine, eingegangen waren, zeigten, dass die Beschwerdeführer dort als Zwang angesehen wurden.

Eine anschließende Überprüfung ergab, dass dieses Gespräch eine „verpasste Gelegenheit“ der Diözese war, da die Polizei „nicht über alle verfügbaren Informationen verfügte, die sie für eine ordnungsgemäße Bewertung hätte benötigen müssen“. Die Polizei war der Ansicht, dass Storey eine Vertrauensstellung nicht missbraucht hatte, weil er ein Freiwilliger war, und daher nicht den „strengen rechtlichen Kriterien“ entsprach, die zum Nachweis dieser Straftat erforderlich waren.

Nach der Verurteilung von Storey wegen Verstößen gegen die Pflege im Jahr 2014 führte der weitere Kontakt einer Reihe von Opfern zu einer Überprüfung der Fallakten der Diözese. Infolgedessen kontaktierte die Londoner DSA die Polizei.

Im Februar 2016 wurde Storey wegen dreier Vergewaltigungsdelikte und einer Straftat wegen Penetration verurteilt. Diese Straftaten ereigneten sich in den Jahren 2008 und 2009 und betrafen zwei der weiblichen Opfer (im Alter von 16 und 17 Jahren), die Kontakt zur Diözese hatten. Storey wurde zu 15 Jahren Haft verurteilt.

Während seiner Urteilsverkündung kritisierte der Richter die Diözese London heftig für ihre "völlig inkompetente" Behandlung des Falls und das "umfassende Versagen der zu diesem Zeitpunkt für die Sicherung Verantwortlichen, um zu verstehen, wessen Interessen sie hätten schützen sollen".

Storey wurde von der Kirche ständig betreut und beaufsichtigt, während einige seiner Opfer "nicht das Gefühl hatten, ohne Unterstützung geglaubt und allein gefühlt zu werden".

Die Diözese gab zwei unabhängige Überprüfungen des Falles Storey in Bezug auf den Umgang mit den ursprünglichen Angaben der Opfer in Auftrag.

In beiden Berichten wurde eine Reihe von Unzulänglichkeiten in der Reaktion der Diözese zwischen 2009 und 2014 festgestellt, einschließlich der Nichtumsetzung der zu diesem Zeitpunkt geltenden Richtlinien und Verfahren.

Eine weitere Überprüfung im Jahr 2019 durch den unabhängigen Vorsitzenden der Lenkungsgruppe Diözesansicherung der Diözese London wiederholte die Mängel der Diözese. Es wurde auch festgestellt, dass die oberste Führung innerhalb der Diözese London die Verantwortung für die Mängel in diesem Fall hätte übernehmen müssen, anstatt zuzulassen, dass Reverends Crossley und Valentine im Mittelpunkt der öffentlichen "Kritik" stehen.

Reverend Trevor Devamanikkam

Trevor Devamanikkam wurde 1977 zum Priester in der Diözese Ripon und Leeds geweiht. Im März 1984 zog er in eine Gemeinde in der Diözese Bradford, wo er bis 1985 blieb. Devamanikkam ging 1996 in den Ruhestand, hatte jedoch zwischen 2002 und 2009 die Erlaubnis, in der Diözese Lincoln zu amtieren.

Reverend Matthew Ineson ist ordinierter Priester in der Church of England. Während seiner Teenagerjahre hatte er Schwierigkeiten mit seinen Eltern und zog zu seinen Großeltern.

Seine Familie war religiös und besuchte regelmäßig die Kirche. Matthew Ineson war Mitglied des Kirchenchors und Altarserver. Während seine Großeltern kämpften, organisierte ein örtlicher Priester eine Ruhepause bei Reverend Devamanikkam.

Im Jahr 1984, im Alter von 16 Jahren, lebte Matthew Ineson bei Devamanikkam und seiner Haushälterin. In seiner zweiten Nacht kam Devamanikkam in Matthew Inesons Schlafzimmer, legte seine Hand unter die Decke und spielte mit seinem Penis.

Auf die Frage, ob es ihm gefallen habe, sagte Matthew Ineson nein. Dies dauerte zwei oder drei Nächte und ging dann zu Devamanikkam über, um Matthew Ineson zu sagen, er solle sein Bett mit ihm teilen. Devamanikkam machte klar, dass er, wenn er dies nicht tat, aus dem Pfarrhaus geworfen würde und nirgendwo hingehen könnte.

While sharing a bed over a number of weeks, Devamanikkam raped Matthew Ineson at least 12 times and also sexually assaulted him.

After approximately two months, Matthew Ineson's grandmother came to the vicarage and spoke to Devamanikkam. Matthew Ineson was not part of that conversation and his grandmother left without talking to him.

The next day, Matthew Ineson said that the Bishop of Bradford visited the vicarage and told him that he had to leave, saying that 'It's not my problem where you go but you have to leave here'. No reason was given.

Bishop Roy Williamson (who was then Bishop of Bradford) told us that there was 'disquiet about the arrangement' between Matthew Ineson and Devamanikkam but he did not remember visiting the vicarage.

A licensed deacon at Devamanikkam's church (who made a detailed report at the time about Devamanikkam's mental health) said that it was the then Archdeacon of Bradford (David Shreeve) who had visited the vicarage. There was no written record of this visit.

Reverend Ineson went to the police first in 2013 and then again in 2015. In 2017, the police investigated and charged Devamanikkam. Devamanikkam took his own life in June 2017, the day before his court appearance for three counts of buggery and three counts of indecent assault between March 1984 and April 1985, all relating to Reverend Ineson.

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