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Priest on child sex abuse charge

A CATHOLIC priest has been charged in relation to alleged historic sexual abuse at a children's home, police said last night.

Fr Anthony McSweeney (66) 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 following an investigation into abuse alleged to have taken place at Grafton Close Children's Home in Hounslow, west London, the Metropolitan Police said.

A second man, John Stingemore (71) was charged with eight counts of indecent assault, two of taking indecent images of a child and one count of conspiracy with persons unknown to commit buggery.

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 '80s.

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