Retired Catholic Priest Canon Mortimer Stanley has pleaded not guilty to child abuse charges.
Canon Stanley, 83, is charged with 19 separate counts of indecent assault against 10 young girls under the age of 14. He now faces trial in November.
The offences are alleged to have been committed between 1977 and 2002 during Canon Stanley’s time as parish priest of St Vincent de Paul RC Church in Rochdale. The alleged victims were all pupils at the neighbouring school, St Vincent’s RC Primary on Edenfield Road in Norden, Rochdale.
Canon Stanley retired to live in Ballybunion in Co. Kerry, Ireland in 2002 and was originally facing extradition from the Irish Republic to face the charges. He came back to the UK voluntarily however in 2013 to face police questioning following allegations by three former pupils.
After an article appeared in the Manchester Evening News reporting Canon Stanley’s questioning, more alleged victims came forward to Greater Manchester Police.
Canon Mortimer Stanley’s trial is scheduled to start at Manchester Crown Court on Monday 2 November 2015. Anybody who wishes to make a complaint in relation to Canon Stanley is urged to contact Greater Manchester Police at this stage.
Helen Gierc is a Serious Injury Solicitor at Slater and Gordon Lawyers UK.
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