BREAKING NEWS: Former Eastbourne clergyman charged with sex assault

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Jonathan Graves, the former priest at St Luke’s Church at Stone Cross, has today been charged with 11 sexual and child cruelty offences involving three alleged victims.

Fifty-seven-year-old Jonathan Graves, of Jervis Avenue, a former Church of England priest, was charged when he answered police bail today (Wednesday) having first been arrested in November 2013.

He has been charged with three offences of indecent assault on a boy aged 11 to 13 between 1987 and 1990; three offences of indecency with the same boy during the same period; three offences of cruelty against the same boy over the same period; one offence of indecent assault on an adult woman between 1994 and 1995; and one offence of indecent assault on another adult woman in 2002.

Graves was charged on the authority of the Crown Prosecution Service.

He is due to appear on bail at Hastings Magistrates Court on Wednesday May 13

A Sussex Police spokesperson said there are currently no allegations of recent or current offending and police emphasise there is nothing to suggest that any young people are currently at risk.