August 2018

Yorkshire vicar guilty of child sex abuse

A former church of England priest has been found guilty of sexually abusing four “vulnerable” boys and young men between 1983 and 1996.

The Reverend Canon Terence Grigg, 84, of Norton, North Yorkshire, was a minister at St Mary’s Church in Cottingham, East Yorkshire.

He denied 15 sex offences including indecent assault and two serious sexual assaults, but was convicted of 14 charges at Hull Crown Court.

During the three-week trial, jurors heard the ex-clergyman had “identified” the victims who were all vulnerable “in some way” and had used “that vulnerability for his own sexual gratification”.

The court heard he stayed in a hotel room with one boy while on a trip to London and had taken him to visit a gay bar, with Grigg claiming he did not realise what it was at the time.

Some of the alleged assaults, which took place in a variety of locations, were carried out when one of the victims was 10 years old, the jury heard.

Another victim kept a coded diary that recorded the alleged abuse he suffered from the age of 14, the prosecution claimed.

Grigg is due to be sentenced on Thursday.

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