Thursday, April 26, 2007
The Church just cannot stop abusing children
The Rev David Smith (see picture) sexually abused boys over a period of nearly 30 years and, despite complaints to the church authorities in 1981 and again in 2001, no action was taken to stop him, Bristol crown court heard this week.
Smith, vicar of St John the Evangelist in Clevedon, Somerset, denies 14 charges allegedly committed against seven boys under 16. He denied 10 charges of indecent assault, two of indecency with a child, one sexual assault on a child under 13, and one of sexual activity with a child.
Brendon Moorhouse, prosecuting, told the jury that Mr Smith's abuse began when he was appointed assistant housemaster at a boarding school in Berkshire. During his year at the school in the mid-1970s, he abused three boys. After leaving the school, he abused another boy in 1981 while a curate in Gloucestershire, the court heard. He was entrusted to look after the boy when his parents went on holiday, but used the opportunity to indecently assault him, it was claimed. The victim's mother alerted the police and Mr Smith was moved to another parish.
In 1993 Smith arrived in Clevedon, where he allegedly abused three boys. Years later one of the alleged victims from the school saw Smith on television. Shocked to see his former teacher was now a vicar, he wrote to the church and was reassured the problem had "effectively been dealt with". But he abused another boy before the police were called in after a victim confided in a parishioner, the court was told.
Readers will be gratified to know that the diocese of Bath and Wells has merely suspended the Rev. Smith from duty pending the outcome of the case.
Nice to know that they care for their own, isn't it?
Fuck the little children entrusted to their care - or is that what Smith had been doing?
Nonetheless, you cannot blame Smith: these 7 young boys entrusted to his care and protection were obviously 'gagging for it', and he would have been less than a red-blooded male if he had been able to resist the opportunity of sexually abusing them. Apart from that, it's almost de rigueur for priests to be paedophiles, see for example the other notable case this week reported here.
Undoubtedly these 7 erstwhile innocent young boys are likely all mendacious perverts and atheists without any morality whatsoever who are now perjuring themselves just to bring a good and godly vicar down and to give the Church of England a bad name.
Posted by The Merchant of Menace at 8:30 pm