Priest on sex charges against boys

A Church of England priest from East Sussex has been charged with sex offences against two boys.

Christopher Howarth, 66, of Rocks Park Road, Uckfield is accused of 24 offences including sexual assault against the boys, now aged 19 and 20.

The offences are alleged to have taken place between 2004 and 2012. Mr Howarth has been bailed to appear before magistrates in Brighton on 20 February.

Sussex Police there were no allegations of offences against any other person.

A spokesman said the alleged offences took place in the Uckfield area. The charges followed an investigation by child protection detectives.

The Diocese of Chichester said Mr Howard was an unpaid non-stipendiary priest until he was suspended in December 2012.

East Sussex County Council said he was a teacher at Uckfield Community Technology College before he retired in 2007.

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