Man charged with historical sex abuse in children's homes

Christ the King Church, formerly a monastery, in Enfield Image copyright Google
Image caption Christ the King Church, site of the monastery in Enfield

A man has been charged with 27 counts of sexual assault against children in care homes and a monastery.

Philip Temple, 66, of no fixed address, is alleged to have abused 12 victims between 1971 and 1998.

The offences are alleged to have taken place in children's care homes managed by Wandsworth Council, Lambeth Council and Christ the King Monastery in Southgate, Enfield.

Mr Temple was also charged with two counts of perjury.

The charges were brought as part of Operation Trinity, which was launched after two allegations of abuse were reported to police in November 2012.

Mr Temple appeared at Bromley Magistrates' Court on Wednesday. He was remanded in custody to appear at Croydon Crown Court in April.

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