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Roman Catholic priest charged with non-recent child sex offences in Horsham

A Roman Catholic priest has been charged with sexual offences against a teenage boy in Horsham in the early 1990's.

Father Anthony White, 62, now of Cross-In-Hand, Heathfield, appeared at Crawley Magistrates Court yesterday (28 April), to answer charges that during 1992 and 1993 he committed two offences of indecent assault and allegedly sexually abused a boy - then aged 15 at the address where White was then living in Horsham where he was an Assistant Priest at St Johns Church.

The defendant did not enter a plea and the case was committed for trial with an initial hearing at Lewes Crown Court on 26 May.

The prosecution, authorised by the CPS, follows an investigation by detectives from the West Sussex Safeguarding Investigations Unit after a report was received by police for the first time in 2020.

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