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Wetwang vicar jailed for sexually abusing boy while working as headteacher

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Image caption David Fletcher was sentenced at Bradford Crown Court

A vicar has been jailed for three years for sexually abusing a boy 30 years ago while working as a headteacher.

David Fletcher, 63, assaulted the boy repeatedly at his smallholding in Queensbury in the late 1980s.

Bradford Crown Court heard he had been working at a school in Bradford when the offences were committed.

Fletcher, of Wetwang, East Yorkshire was convicted of two counts of indecent assault after a trial. He was found not guilty of six similar offences.

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Fletcher was ordained by the Church of England in 2001 but has not worked as a vicar since he was charged with the offences.

The Recorder of Bradford, Judge Roger Thomas QC, said it was clear the abuse had happened "on a good number of occasions" over a period of about 18 months.

He said the conviction would "bring to an end, presumably, your life as a minister in the church".

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