Wednesday, 10 August 2016


Ex priest jailed for 12 years over child sex abuse charges

A former Catholic priest has been jailed for 12 years after admitting abusing 12 boys and one girl.

Philip Temple
Philip Temple admitted the historical sex abuse charges. Credit: PA

Philip Temple, 66, admitted the historical child sex abuse charges that date back to the 1970s.
He also admitted lying whilst under oath almost two decades ago when he was cleared of child sex abuse charges against a young boy.
The victim told the court he self-harmed, became a recluse and even tried to take his own life after the previous trials. Judge Christopher Hehir apologised to the victim saying, "I am sorry justice was not done when you came to court in 1998 and 1999."
Temple abused boys and a girl whilst working as a social worker in Lambeth and Wandsworth in the 1970s. He became a priest in 1988 and served at a church in Cockfosters where he abused a further two children.