East Sussex vicar from Sedlescombe charged with child sex offences dating back to 1990s

St John the Baptist Church in Sedlescombe, East Sussex Picture: GoogleSt John the Baptist Church in Sedlescombe, East Sussex Picture: Google
St John the Baptist Church in Sedlescombe, East Sussex Picture: Google
An ex-vicar from East Sussex has been charged with child sex offences

A former vicar has been charged with child sex offences dating back to the late 1990s.

Ifor Whittaker, 80, was an Anglican vicar who went by the name of Father Colin Pritchard when the alleged offences against a young boy occurred. He was serving at the 13th century St John The Baptist Church in Sedlescombe, East Sussex, at the time.

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Whittaker has been charged with rape and gross indecency with a boy aged under 14 and will appear in court on June 10.

A Sussex Police spokesman said: “Police have charged a former Anglican vicar with rape and gross indecency with a boy under 14 years of age.

“Ifor Whittaker, 80, was a vicar going by the name of Father Colin Pritchard at St John The Baptist Church in Sedlescombe, East Sussex, at the time of the alleged offences. The offences are reported to have taken place during the late 1990s when the victim – now a man in his 30s – was a young child. Whittaker has been remanded in custody, to appear at a court to be confirmed on June 10.”