Cumbria

Ex-clergyman Andrew Folks has sex attack jail term cut

A retired vicar jailed for sexually abusing a young boy has had his prison sentence cut on appeal.

The Reverend Andrew Folks, who previously worked in Cumbria, was jailed for eight months in May for assaulting the 15-year-old.

But judges sitting at the Appeal Court in London have reduced the term by two months, on account of the 70-year-old's guilty plea.

Folks, of Sedbergh, breached his victim's trust, the court heard.

Mr Justice Ouseley said: "He was in a trusted position because of his profession."

The judge added that the vicar, who was married with grown-up children, had been "exploring" his own sexuality, and was now "ashamed and upset by what he had done".

"We have come to the conclusion that the right sentence to reflect the impact of his admissions should be six months and, to that extent, this appeal is allowed," he said.

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