Minister, 81, arrested over child abuse claim

Gwyn Ieuan Morgan
Image caption Gwyn Ieuan Morgan told BBC Wales he was innocent

An 81-year-old church minister has been arrested in south west Wales over an allegation of historical child abuse.

Gwyn Ieuan Morgan from Johnstown, Carmarthen, has been suspended from duties at his two chapels pending the outcome of a police investigation but told BBC Wales he was innocent.

Dr Geraint Tudur, general secretary of the Union of Welsh Independents, said members were "naturally traumatised".

Dyfed-Powys Police said the minister has been bailed as inquiries continue.

Mr Morgan has served Bryn Iwan Chapel, near Cynwyl Elfed, and Moreia Chapel in Blaenwaun, north of St Clears, since 1972.

Dr Tudur said: "As a charity which offers our members legal and pastoral support, we advised the churches involved to suspend their minister at once, pending the outcome of the investigation.

"This advice was immediately acted upon by church trustees.

"The church members are naturally traumatised by this development and the union is giving them continuing pastoral support."

A statement from the group added: "The union has no power to enforce CRB [Criminal Records Bureau] checks and registration, although it regularly and strongly urges local churches to ensure that the procedure is followed."

Dyfed Powys Police confirmed that "an 81-year-old man was arrested in connection with an historic allegation of sexual activity with a minor".

"He remains on bail while inquiries continue," the force added.

Related Internet links

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites