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Predatory priest

Coventry priest had "predatory interest in young boys", court told
Oct 5 2010
By Emma Stone

THE TRIAL of a Coventry priest accused of abusing young boys during a period of more than 30 years, has begun at Birmingham Crown Court.

Richard Robinson, who was also known as James or Jimmy Robinson, served at several parishes across the Midlands region, including St Elizabeth’s in Foleshill, Coventry, during the late 70s and early 80s, where he acted as assistant parish priest.

The 73-year-old denies 22 charges of sexual abuse against young boys – varying in severity – at several locations in the Midlands.

The offences are alleged to have taken place between the late 50s and mid-80s.

A jury of five men and seven women were told the complainants were aged between 11 and 15 at the time of the alleged abuse.

All are now grown men and range in age from 42 to 62.

The police were made aware of the first allegations in the late 1990s.

Prosecutor John Attwood told the court yesterday that Robinson had a “predatory sexual interest in young boys”.

He said: “This case concerns the repeated and serious sexual abuse of young boys by an older male.

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