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Longhorsley plane 'grope' vicar facing sex assault retrial

The Reverend Peter McConnell arriving at court in 2017
Image caption The Reverend Peter McConnell denies any inappropriate contact with the student

A vicar accused of groping a male student during a trans-Atlantic flight is to face a retrial.

The Reverend Peter McConnell was accused of touching the man while he slept on a flight between Philadelphia and Heathrow in March 2017.

He had denied sexual assault and a jury at Newcastle Crown Court failed to reach a verdict last month.

The 63-year-old, of Longhorsley, Northumberland, is due to go on trial on 24 June.

The court had heard Mr McConnell, a vicar at St Helen's Church in Longhorsley, and the 23-year-old American had never met before.

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