Priest in court on sex abuse charges

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FORMER high ranking priest Canon Gordon Rideout from Eastbourne is pictured arriving at court this morning (Monday July 16) to face charges of sexually abusing young people.

Rideout, 73, of Filching Close, Wannock, is alleged to have committed 38 offences between 1962 and 1973 in Crawley, London and Hampshire.

Some 36 of the 38 alleged offences are of indecent assault on girls and boys in their early teens and he also faces two counts of attempting to rape a girl between 1962 and 1966.

He will appear before magistrates at Haywards Heath this morning.