Court date set for ex-Northampton priest charged with child sex offences

A retired priest of the Diocese of Northampton charged with 20 child sexual abuse offences will appear at a crown court next month for the start of his trial.

Thursday, 4th October 2018, 5:00 pm
Updated Friday, 5th October 2018, 5:10 pm
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A retired priest of the Diocese of Northampton charged with 20 child sexual abuse offences will appear at a crown court next month for the start of his trial.

Francis McDermott, who withdrew from active ministry in 2005, was charged on September 3 for offences he is alleged to have committed between 1971 and 1978.

The 75-year-old of Atlantic Way, Westwood Ho, Biddeford, Devon, faces 20 charges of non-recent sexual offences which took place in High Wycombe and Norwich.

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The case will be heard at Aylesbury Crown Court on November 6.

McDermott is charged with the following in relation to six victims: one count of rape of a female under the age of 16, one count of a male person committing buggery with a boy under 16; one count of gross indecency of girl under the age of 14; four counts of gross indecency of a boy under the age of 14; one count of indecent assault on a boy under the age of 14; eight counts of indecent assault on a girl under the age of 14; three counts of indecent assault on a girl under the age of 16 and one count of indecent assault on a boy under the age of 16.