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Retired Catholic priest charged with indecently assaulting 10 girls

A retired Catholic priest has appeared in court accused of indecently assaulting 10 girls in Greater Manchester.

Canon Mortimer Stanley, 82, is charged with 17 offences during his time at a church in Rochdale.

He is alleged to have abused the girls between the 1970s and 1990s.

The former priest, who now lives in the Irish Republic, was given bail at Bury Magistrates' Court and will appear at Manchester Crown Court on 4 December.

Canon Stanley is now based in Ballybunion, County Kerry.

A Salford Diocese spokesman said it had co-operated fully with the police, in line with the Catholic Church's safeguarding policies.

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