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Heybridge vicar Peter Low admits child abuse image charges

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Image caption The Rev Peter Low admitted four charges at Chelmsford Crown Court

A vicar has admitted possessing dozens of indecent images of children.

The Revd Peter Low, 65, downloaded a collection of images, some of which depicted the most serious category of abuse, Chelmsford Crown Court heard.

He pleaded guilty to three counts of possessing indecent images of children and one count of possessing prohibited images of children.

The Diocese of Chelmsford said it was "appalled" and online abuse of children "is not tolerated by the church".

Low, of Crescent Road, Heybridge, admitted possessing 55 indecent images, nine of which were said to be at the most serious level, and 124 prohibited ones.

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The clergyman, of the United Benefice of Heybridge with Langford in Essex, will be sentenced on 2 May.

As part of his bail conditions he must not have unsupervised contact with under-18s.

A spokesman for the Diocese of Chelmsford said Low remained suspended from all his duties as a vicar.

He would face a church investigation after sentencing, he said.

The spokesman added: "The diocese is appalled that a clergyman has fallen so far short of the standards expected by the church.

"The diocese strives to uphold the highest standards in safeguarding policy, training, practice and disciplinary action.

"The online abuse of children destroys childhoods and devastates society.

"It is not tolerated by the church."

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