Priest in court over Hounslow care home sex abuse charges

A Roman Catholic priest and a care home manager have appeared in court over child sex abuse allegations at a west London children's home.

Father Anthony McSweeney, 66, and John Stingmore, 71, have been charged with various counts of sex offences against children during the 1970s and 1980s.

The charges follow an investigation into alleged abuse at Grafton Close Children's Home in Hounslow.

The men were bailed after appearing at Southwark Crown Court.

Ninety witnesses

Fr McSweeney, of Old Brighton Road North, Pease Pottage, is charged with three counts of indecent assault, three of making indecent images of a child, one of taking indecent images of a child and one of possessing indecent images of a child.

Mr Stingemore, of Stonehouse Drive, St Leonards on Sea, faces eight counts of indecent assault, two of taking indecent images of a child and one count of conspiring to carry out a serious sexual assault.

The charges relate to seven alleged victims who were aged between nine and 15 at the time.

The court was told the case involved up to 90 witnesses.

The men have been released on bail on the condition they have no unsupervised contact with anyone under 16 and do not contact each other or any witnesses.

They are due to return to court on 19 December, although a venue is yet to be set.

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