Catholic Church responds to sentencing of Peter
Former Catholic priest Peter Hercock has been
sentenced to six years and seven months in jail for charges
of rape, attempted rape and indecent assault against teenage
girls in the 1970s and 1980s.
Cardinal John Dew said that
while justice had finally been done for the victims, the
effect of Hercock’s offending on their lives was
long-lasting and painful.
“Great harm was done to the
victims by a person in a position of trust”, said Cardinal
“We deeply regret that this ever
“Sexual abuse complainants who approach the
Church are encouraged to take their complaint to the police.
For many this step is very difficult. The courage of the
victims of Peter Hercock in seeking justice through the
courts is humbling and to be
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