Guy Bennett in 2008
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CofE cannot stop abuse vicar using 'Rev' title, Welby admits

An alleged victim of an ex-vicar jailed for sex offences has criticised the Archbishop of Canterbury for saying he is powerless to stop the man using the title "Reverend".

Guy Bennett, who was a vicar in Oxted, Surrey, was sentenced to nine months in 1999 for indecently assaulting three girls.

Bennett was photographed in 2008 wearing a clerical collar.

Writing to Lucy Duckworth, who claims she was abused by the former vicar, Justin Welby said Bennett had been disqualified from holding any office in the Church.

  • 12 Jan 2015