Former Washingborough and Heighington rector admits indecent assaults

A clergyman has been warned to expect a custodial sentence after he admitted six counts of indecently assaulting a 15-year-old girl.

Stephen Crabtree, 59, who served as the rector of Washingborough and Heighington until 2014, admitted the charges at Lincoln Crown Court.

The offences occurred between April 1992 and April 1993.

Crabtree, of Ollerdale Avenue, Bradford, will be sentenced on 31 March.

Adjourning the case for a pre-sentence report, Judge Simon Hirst told him: "Please don't think for one moment that the fact that I'm adjourning means that you won't get locked up for this. Expect custody."

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