Former Rye priest guilty over indecent child images

Court news
Court news

A former Rye priest pleaded guilty to charges in connection with more than 3,000 indecent pictures of children yesterday (Wednesday, January 6).

Paul Clarke, formerly of Watchbell Road but now lives in Manchester, entered the pleas at Lewes Crown Court.

The 71-year-old had been charged with possessing an indecent image of a child, possession of prohibited images and making a total of 3,100 indecent images of children.

Clarke, of Redclyffe Road, Urmston, Greater Manchester, was arrested after a search of his home in the residential presbytery attached to St Anthony’s Church on November 13, 2014.

He is due to be sentenced on February 5.

Police said the charges all related to images taken from the internet.

There is no evidence of contact offending and none of the images are of local children.

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