Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Retired Anglican priest accused of sexual assault on teenager is found dead

From The Guardian-

A retired Church of England vicar accused of sexually assaulting a teenage boy more than three decades ago has been found dead after failing to appear in court on Tuesday.

Police discovered the body of Trevor Devamanikkam, 70, when they went to his home in Witney, Oxfordshire, to arrest him.

He had been due to appear before Bradford and Keighley magistrates charged with three counts of buggery and three counts of indecent assault in the 1980s. The charges were brought under the Sexual Offences Act 1956 and related to a time when the homosexual age of consent was 21.

The survivor of the alleged abuse, known as “Michael”, lodged complaints of misconduct last year against the archbishop of York, John Sentamu, and four serving bishops, claiming they had failed to act on his disclosures of rape.

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