Sussex priest bailed over child sex abuse

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A retired Church of England priest has been bailed after his arrest on suspicion of acts of indecency, indecent assault and cruelty against a boy.

The victim was aged 12 and 13 at the time of the alleged incidents in 1988 and 1989.

The 56-year old's arrest in Eastbourne, East Sussex, follows a Diocese of Chichester-commissioned inquiry.

Earlier this year two other priests referred to in the report were jailed.

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They were convicted for sex attacks on children, but police have said the arrested man has no link with those offences.

A statement from the Diocese of Chichester said the priest did not currently have permission to officiate.

"We have co-operated fully with Sussex Police and the matter is now in their hands."

The man has been released on bail until 3 April while investigations continue, Sussex Police said.

A 24-hour helpline manned by staff at the children's charity NSPCC is available on 0800 389 5344.

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