Retired priest jailed after subjecting woman to ‘shocking sexual abuse’

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Former Cambs priest jailed for six and a half years for child sex offences.Pictured Dennis Finbow attending Magistrates Court - Peterborough.Former Peterborough and St Neots priest guilty of historic child sex offences.A retired Roman Catholic priest Dennis Finbow formerly from Cambridgeshire has been found guilty of three historic sex offences against a child.Fr Dennis Finbow, a retired priest of the Diocese of East Anglia, was convicted by a jury at Huntingdon Crown Court.He had gone on trial accused of five counts of indecently assaulting a girl and one of indecently assaulting a boy.Following a six-day trial, Fr Finbow was convicted of three counts of indecent assault on a child and found not guilty of the remaining three offences.Fr Finbow, 74, who now lives in Martlesham, Suffolk, denied all six counts of indecent assault.During his time in Cambridgeshire, Fr Finbow held posts at Littlehey prison, St Joseph?s Church in St Neots and at Dogsthorpe, Peterborough.The trial was told by the prosecution that when Fr Finbow was interviewed by police, he described the allegations as nonsense and ?a fabrication?.Fr Finbow was charged in January 2022 by officers from Cambridgeshire Police with the offences relating to his service as a Catholic priest in Peterborough in the 1980s and 1990s.He has been released on unconditional bail for sentence at Huntingdon Crown Court on March 8.Rt Rev Peter Collins, Bishop of East Anglia said: ?Following Fr Finbow?s conviction, I shall now be seeking urgent legal advice regarding initiating the process of his laicisation (removal of his clerical status and rights), in accordance with our safeguarding policies and procedures.?Fr Finbow has been retired and not in active ministry since 2001.?Prior to his retirement he had served in parishes in Peterborough and St Neots, Cambridgeshire.? Bishop Peter said: ?The safeguarding of children and vulnerable people is of paramount importance to the Catholic Church and the Diocese of East Anglia has co-operated fully with the police and other statutory authorities throughout this investigation. ?Our thoughts and prayers are with the victim in this case and also other victims of child sexual abuse. ?We would encourage any victim of child sexual abuse perpetrated within the Catholic Church context to make contact either directly through our Safeguarding Office or with Safe Spaces, our Victim Support Service. ?Should anyone have any concerns or queries about the Dennis Finbow case then I would encourage them to contact Mick Thurley, our Diocesan Safeguarding Coordinator on 07429 215344?Magistrates Court, PeterboroughFriday 25 February 2022. Picture by Terry Harris.

Dennis Finbow, 74, was sentenced to 6 years and 6 months behind bars (Image: Terry Harris)

A Catholic priest has been jailed for abusing a younger woman over a three-year interval within the Eighties.

Dennis Finbow was working in Dogsthorpe, in Peterborough, when he requested the kid to take her garments off earlier than touched her inappropriately.

The 74-year-old was discovered responsible of three counts of indecent assault towards the woman, who was aged between 10 and 13.

He was sentenced earlier in the present day at Cambridge Crown Courtroom to 6 years and 6 months in jail.

Detective constable Annette Renwick mentioned after Finbow’s sentencing: ‘I’m happy he has lastly confronted justice.

‘He subjected the sufferer to surprising sexual abuse which may depart severe lifelong psychological scars.

‘His position was that of an individual able of belief, an individual many parishioners admired however who additionally trusted him with their youngsters. That belief he abused.

‘The victim showed immense bravery to not only come forward, but also support us with a prosecution and give evidence in court, which takes a huge amount of strength and courage.’

Finbow, now of Bealings Highway, Martlesham, Suffolk, was additionally advised he could be on the intercourse offenders’ register for all times.

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