19 February 2016
Trainee Vicar Guilty of Grooming and Raping Young Girls
A trainee Church of England vicar from Peckham, London has been found guilty of raping two teenage girls after grooming them over a period of time.
Timothy Storey, 35, was convicted at Woolwich Crown Court of three counts of rape and one count of sexual assault.
During the trial, the court heard how Oxford-educated Storey abused his position as youth worker to send teenage girls sexually explicit text and social media messages. He befriended the girls at their church and summer camps and groomed them over a period of time, subjecting one girl to a string of intimate phone calls before sexually assaulting her twice. He assaulted a second victim after inviting her out to a concert with him.
Storey will be sentenced on Friday 15 April.
Police Urge More Victims to Come Forward
The Metropolitan Police have asked for other victims of Timothy Storey to come forward.
Detective Constable Paul Hill, of the Met's Sexual Offences Exploitation and Child Abuse Command, praised the bravery of the two complainants in Storey’s recent trial. He said Storey’s conviction “goes to show that the sexual offences, exploitation and child abuse command will pursue sex offenders and bring them to justice.
"Storey thought he had got away with it, but the victims in this case were determined to see him brought to justice."
Det Con Hill has asked for any other victims of Timothy Storey to get in touch with the police by calling 101.
Last year, it was announced that the national child abuse inquiry will investigate allegations of non-recent abuse in the Church of England.
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