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Father Tony McSweeney in court over child sex abuse allegations

  • 4 September 2013
  • From the section London
Father Tony McSweeney
Father Tony McSweeney was ordered not to go online as part of his bail conditions

A Catholic priest accused of sexually abusing children has appeared in court with the ex-manager of the London home where the assaults allegedly happened.

Father Tony McSweeney, 66, of Pease Pottage, West Sussex, and John Stingemore, 71, of St Leonards-on-Sea, East Sussex, were arrested in February.

Seven youngsters were allegedly abused at Grafton Close Children's Home in Hanworth in the 1970s and 1980s.

The case will be heard next at Southwark Crown Court on 18 September.

Both men were bailed by Westminster Magistrates' Court and told not to contact each other or have unsupervised access to children under the age of 16.

Fr McSweeney was also ordered not to go online over the next fortnight.

He faces three counts of indecent assault and three of making indecent images of a child, as well as taking and possessing indecent images of a child.

Mr Stingemore is accused of eight counts of indecent assault and two of taking indecent images of a child, along with plotting with others to commit a serious sexual offence.

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