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Former vicar from Wirral jailed over indecent images

A 60-year-old former senior vicar has been jailed for a year after being found in possession of images of child sex abuse for a second time.

Paul Battersby's laptop, which he used to organise missionaries for the Church of England, contained 160 images, Liverpool Crown Court heard.

Officers found them last February while he was serving a suspended sentence for downloading indecent images in 2007.

Battersby, of College Drive, Bebington, Wirral, admitted nine charges.

He was also put on the sex offenders register for 10 years.

Caught by stepson

Battersby, who had been a vicar for 31 years, had also worked as a national youth officer for the Church of England.

The first time he was caught, in April 2007, he was turned in by his wife after his stepson spotted indecent images on his computer.

Battersby, who was then vicar of St Ambrose's Church in Leyland, Lancashire, was handed a suspended sentence at Preston Crown Court.

He moved to Bebington where he was living when he was caught with indecent images again.

Battersby had pleaded guilty to nine offences of making indecent images.

Judge David Aubrey QC jailed him for eight months for these offences and also activated four months of his previous sentence to run consecutively.



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