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Porn images vicar faces expulsion

Richard Hart as a vicar outside a church
Richard Hart admitted all 21 charges against him in court

A vicar jailed for making, taking and possessing more than 56,000 indecent images of children should be expelled from the clergy, a tribunal has ruled.

Richard Hart, from Beguildy, near Knighton, Powys was imprisoned for three-and-a-half years at Cardiff Crown Court last September.

A disciplinary tribunal made the recommendation to depose Hart, 59 from Holy Orders.

It also recommended he be expelled as a cleric of the Church in Wales.

It ruled that an allegation Hart was guilty of conduct giving rise to just cause for scandal or offence was overwhelmingly proved.

It sends out the very clear message that there is no room for any form of child abuse in the Church in Wales
The Bishop of Swansea and Brecon, the Rt Rev John Davies

The president of the tribunal Gerard Elias QC said the recommended decision was considered after the "immense seriousness and depravity" of the offences coupled with the absence of "regret or apology".

"We were unhesitatingly of the view that by reason of his conduct it was wholly inappropriate for Richard Hart to remain a cleric and accordingly we order that Richard Hart be deposed from Holy Orders and expelled from the office of cleric of the Church in Wales," he said.

The Bishop of Swansea and Brecon, the Rt Rev John Davies, said the tribunal's order reflected the seriousness of Hart's offence.

He added: "It sends out the very clear message that there is no room for any form of child abuse in the Church in Wales."

In September last year, Cardiff Crown Court was told how Hart had a collection of more than 56,000 indecent images, 97 films and fictional stories about sex with children.

He admitted all 21 charges against him, and the offences dated between 1991 and 2007.

His vast collection of images came from websites in Brazil, Germany, Japan, the UK, the US, Denmark, Russia and other eastern European countries.

Hart was ordained in 1986 and was priest-in-charge of four parishes in south Powys.

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