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Last Updated: Tuesday, 22 April, 2003, 17:51 GMT 18:51 UK
Former priest had child porn
A former Roman Catholic parish priest and schools adviser has admitted possessing indecent images of children.

On Tuesday at Exeter Magistrates Court Father Neil Crayden, 47, of Hills Road, Cambridge, was given a three year community rehabilitation order.

Crayden, who had worked in parishes in Norfolk and Suffolk, had earlier admitted receiving child pornography from a US-based firm.

He also pleaded guilty to six charges of possessing indecent images of children.

You were in a position of trust with vulnerable people around and you have a previous history of offences involving young males
Chairman of the magistrates Mrs Carol Maden

He was ordered to undergo a sex offenders programme as part of the community rehabilitation order and told to pay 58 costs.

The court heard that Crayden had already been removed as a parish priest after indecently assaulting a 15-year-old boy.

Crayden was trapped by the police's Operation Ore because he had paid by credit card to use an American website which distributed pictures of children being abused, the court heard.

'No interaction with subjects'

He had moved from his parish in Norwich and was living in Lipson, Plymouth, Devon, but was not acting as a priest when he was arrested in December last year.

Sentencing, chairman of the magistrates Mrs Carol Maden said:"You were in a position of trust with vulnerable people around and you have a previous history of offences involving young males.

"However there was no interaction with the subjects of these photographs and you did not distribute them and you are seeking help from a psychotherapist."

John Smethhurst, defending, said Crayden deleted the images soon after downloading them but they had been found by sophisticated computer software.

Crayden, a former teacher, was an adviser on religious education in East Anglia

He is also a former chaplain at the University of East Anglia and had been a priest at Brandon and Haverhill in Suffolk.




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