Former priests are released on police bail

Gordon Rideout
Gordon Rideout

TWO FORMER priests arrested at their homes in Eastbourne this week on suspicion of child sex abuse have been released on police bail.

Former All Saints vicar Gordon Rideout, 73, was arrested on Tuesday morning at his home in Filching Close in relation to allegedly sexually assaulting young people in Sussex and London in the late 1960s and early 1970s.

Robert Coles

Robert Coles

Fellow former priest Robert Coles, 70, of Upperton Road, was also arrested on the same morning on suspicion of sexual assaults against three young men in Sussex during the late 1970s and mid-1980s.

The arrests follow a six month long investigation into allegations of sex abuse by a team of specialist child protection detectives in Sussex.

Mr Coles was released on police bail on Tuesday evening until April 17 and Mr Rideout was kept in custody overnight and quizzed by detectives before being allowed to return home.

He was released on police bail and must return to the police station on April 18.

Police enquiries are continuing.