Paedophile's sentence cut

A JESUIT priest who sexually abused boys at a Roman Catholic public school had his five-year jail sentence cut to three years yesterday when the Court of Appeal in London quashed his conviction on some of the charges against him.

Last September Father James Chaning-Pearce admitted indecently assaulting three boys aged 15, 13 and 12 at Stonyhurst College, near Preston, Lancashire, but denied four charges of molesting another boy aged 16. Children's charities have condemned the decision of the Jesuit organisation that runs the school to fund Chaning-Pearce's appeal.