Cleric faces jail over sex abuse

A former Anglican chaplain was warned today that he faces a likely jail sentence after pleading guilty to a series of indecent assaults on young boys.

Father Leslie Carter, 84, of Bathwick Street, Bath, admitted nine indecent assaults against three boys over a 20-year period between 1957 and 1977.



A further 12 charges denied by Fr Carter, including two charges of buggery of one of the victims, were left to lie on the file.







His Honour Judge Graham White, sitting at Harrow Crown Court in north west London, warned the former Anglican chaplain he was keeping "all options open" when he sentences him on October 19.

He said: "You pleaded guilty to what are very serious offences involving the sexual abuse of young boys who were in your charge.



"You abused your position of trust both as a priest and a teacher."



He added: "I have to tell you that all sentencing options remain open and that a sentence of imprisonment is the most likely outcome."



The court heard the first victim had been indecently assaulted when Fr Carter was Anglican chaplain to St George's School, Cape Town, South Africa.



The two other victims were abused after his appointment in 1968 to Quainton Hall School in Harrow, north west London.













Carter was warned by the judge that he would have to sign the sex offenders register following his guilty pleas.

The hearing was adjourned for pre-sentencing reports to be prepared.



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