A disgraced Bishop who evaded prosecution for decades after intervention by a member of the Royal family, Cabinet Ministers and a Lord Chief Justice has been released from prison.
The former Bishop of Gloucester, now aged 84, groomed and abused 18 aspiring young priests over a period spanning 15 years and was jailed for two years and eight months.
He escaped justice over the same charges years earlier after he was given support by a member of the Royal family and Establishment figures.
Now, after serving 16 months behind bars, Ball was released early on Friday.
Richard Scorer, a specialist abuse lawyer at Slater and Gordon, who represent a number of Ball's victims, said: "Ball's early release after serving just half of his sentence is a huge blow to his victims.
"This was a man whose appalling crimes represented a gross and systematic abuse of trust spanning decades.
"The fact he has only served 16 months in jail for crimes that scarred his many vulnerable victims is an affront to justice." (more...)
Disgraced sex abuse Bishop, who was protected from prosecution for years by Establishment figures, walks free from jail
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