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Priest admits 27 sexual assaults

William Green
Green worked at St Bede's College in Manchester

A priest who sexually abused boys at a Manchester Catholic school in the 1970s and 1980s has admitted, at Manchester Crown Court, 27 assaults on children.

Father William Green, 67, of Cale Lane, Aspull, Wigan, admitted the assaults on children aged between eight and 16.

Green took physical education classes at St Bede's College in Alexandra Park, Manchester, when the assaults happened and has also worked at other schools.

He is due to be sentenced at Manchester Crown Court on 30 September.

Green was charged with 33 counts of indecent assault against nine boys under 16.

He pleaded guilty to 27 of the charges relating to seven victims and the remaining six charges were ordered to lie on the file.

A spokesman for the Catholic Church in Greater Manchester said: "We have co-operated with the authorities since the beginning of the investigation.

"It is regrettable when something like this happens. Our priority and concern is always for the victims."

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