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York revisits past clergy offences

30 August 2013


York Minster: Canon Norman was Canon and Prebendary from 1977-1992

York Minster: Canon Norman was Canon and Prebendary from 1977-1992

THE Church's treatment of a former canon of York Minster who confessed to sex offences against three children is being investigated by the office of the Archbishop of York.

Canon John Norman, who died in 2005, was cautioned and placed on the Sex Offenders' Register in 2004, the York Press reported on Wednesday of last week. He was not prosecuted.

The York Press was approached by the sister of one of the victims.

In response to enquiries by the newspaper, a spokesman for the Archbishop of York's office said: "An initial trawl of our files has failed to reveal any information about these allegations. However, since this report has been made, it is now essential that we look into the matter thoroughly."

Canon Norman was Canon and Prebendary of York Minster from 1977 to 1992. Before that, he worked in the dioceses of York, Brechin, and Carlisle. He retired to live in Pocklington in 1983, and assisted the chaplain at Pocklington School.

The reporting of the allegations came days after Dr Sentamu announced that all existing files of deceased clergy who served in the diocese of York have been recalled, as part of an investigation into child abuse ( News, 23 August).

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