Priest charged with child sex abuse

Father Tony McSweeney Father Tony McSweeney will appear at Westminster Magistrates' Court on 4 September

A Catholic priest and a former manager of a children's home have been charged over allegations of child sex abuse in the 1980s.

Father Tony McSweeney, 66, of Norfolk, and John Stingemore, 71, of St Leonards-on-Sea in East Sussex, were arrested in February.

The charges relate to alleged abuse of children from Grafton Close Children's Home in Hounslow, west London.

They will appear at Westminster Magistrates' Court on 4 September.

Father McSweeney was charged with three counts of indecent assault, three of making indecent images of a child, one count of taking indecent images of a child and one of possessing indecent images of a child, the Metropolitan Police said.

Mr Stingemore was charged with eight counts of indecent assault, two of taking indecent images of a child and one charge relating to conspiring with others to commit a serious sexual offence, the police force added.

The charges relate to seven victims, all of whom were aged between nine and 15 when the offences are alleged to have taken place during the 1970s and 1980s.

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