A Sussex priest is being prosecuted over alleged offences relating to indecent images of children.
David Renshaw, 61, a Church of England priest from Worthing, appeared at Worthing Magistrates Court on 7 September, to answer charges of possessing 22,500 indecent images of children.
Renshaw pleaded not guilty and the case was committed to Lewes Crown Court for trial. He is on court bail and the case is due for an initial hearing at Crown Court on 5 October.
All necessary safeguarding enquiries have been carried out and there is no risk to any identifiable children. None of the images are believed to be of local children.
The charges, authorised by the CPS, follow an intelligence-led investigation by the Sussex Police Paedophile Online Investigation Team (POLIT).
Officers have had full co-operation from the Diocese of Chichester throughout the investigation.