Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Verger accused

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Newcastle church official in court for sex charges
by Rob Pattinson, The Journal
Apr 5 2011
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Colin James Adams verger at Newcastle's St Nicholas CathedralONE of the region's top church officials singled out a young altar server for sexual abuse, a court heard yesterday.

Colin James Adams, verger at Newcastle’s St Nicholas Cathedral, was married with three young children and living in a tied church cottage in Wales at the time offences are said to have been committed in the 1990s.

When he was arrested in January 2010 and questioned about the claims, he said he had been a mentor to the boy and denied there had ever been any sexual activity between them.

In a trial expected to last a week, at Cardiff Crown Court, the 58-year-old has pleaded not guilty to seven charges of indecent assault and one of buggery.

Susan Ferrier, prosecuting, told the court: “The boy was young and vulnerable and Colin James Adams spotted him and targeted him.

“He encouraged the teenager to spend time with him, took him on trips and forged a close relationship with him. It was manipulation and grooming of a young lad so that he could be used sexually.”

Ms Ferrier said the alleged victim had lived with his dreadful memories for years before finally finding the courage to make a complaint to the police.

“In cases of this nature that is not unusual,” she told the jury.

“It is embarrassing to have to talk about such matters.”

Adams was working for the Llandaff diocese at the time of the alleged offences, which the court heard had taken him to other churches outside Cardiff.


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