Retired Eastbourne priest denies child sex charges

A retired priest from Eastbourne will face trial next year after denying in court today (Friday) committing a series of sexual offences against children.

Canon Gordon Rideout, 73, of Filching Close, Wannock, appeared before Lewes Crown Court today where he pleaded not guilty to 36 counts of indecent assault and two of attempted rape. The incidents took place in Crawley, East London and Hampshire between 1962 and 1973.

Mr Rideout was released on bail.