St Vincent’s Primary School, Norden, Rochdale
Priest charged after historic sexual abuse allegations
A Roman Catholic priest has been charged with a string of sex offences dating back 30 years.
Canon Mortimer Stanley returned to Greater Manchester from his home in Ireland to face the allegations at Bury Magistrates court today.
The Crown Prosecution Service authorised Greater Manchester Police to charge Canon Stanley, 82, after numerous complaints by former pupils at a Rochdale school.
He is accused of 17 charges of indecent assault on a girl under 14 between 1977 and 1988.
Six more women contact police claiming they were sexually abused by Catholic priest
Another six women have made allegations of sexual abuse against a Catholic priest.
Canon Mortimer Stanley, 82, who retired from St Vincent de Paul RC Church inNorden, Rochdale , was interviewed by police under caution last month.
Originally three women claimed they were indecently assaulted and sexually abused while pupils at nearby St Vincent’s Primary School.
The women were aged under 11 when it is alleged the offences happened between 1980 and 2000.
It is claimed the abuse was committed in a presbytery next to the school. Now after the M.E.N reported the police investigation another six women have made allegations.