Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Defence wants house arrest for David Norton, Anglican priest convicted of sex abuse of boy

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A former London priest convicted of sexually abusing a boy says he is "full of remorse" for his crimes while his lawyer argued for a sentence that would keep him out of jail.

David Norton, 72, pleaded guilty earlier this year to sexual interference.

The abuse happened on outings and camping trips and began when the boy was nine and continued for four years. Religious and seeking a father figure for her son, the boy's mother introduced her son to Norton, hoping he would be a positive influence.

In a victim impact statement read in court Thursday the victim, now in his 30s, said the abuse left him with difficulty forming adult relationships and struggles with drug and alcohol addiction.

The victim said he's fearful of becoming a parent himself, worried the child might fall victim to someone like Norton.  (more...)

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