Former Bishop of Lewes Wallace Benn has said he regrets Gordon Rideout was not convicted of his crimes until now.
In a statement issued through his solicitors, Wallace Benn said his thoughts and prayers were with those who survived the abuse and lived with its consequences for so many years.
“The betrayal of trust and the abuse committed by Gordon Rideout some 40 years ago have caused untold harm and suffering to his victims and others,” said Wallace Benn.
“I also keep in my prayers the many others who have received his ministry and now feel betrayed.
“A formal police investigation into allegations against Gordon Rideout took place in 2002. It did not result in any charges being brought. I very much regret that Gordon Rideout was not convicted of his crimes until now. I can only hope that Gordon Rideout’s conviction will be seen by the survivors as some measure of justice for his crimes.”
Wallace Benn was Bishop of Lewes from 1997 until he retired last October.