Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 18°C

min temp: 6°C

ESTD 1874 Search

Ipswich/Hadleigh/Felixstowe: Priest admits sex assaults on two youths

17:43 17 October 2012

Haley Dossor at Ipswich Crown Court

Haley Dossor at Ipswich Crown Court

Archant

A 71-year-old retired priest has admitted six indecent assaults on two youths dating back to the 1990s.

shares

Father John Haley Dossor, of Kirton, near Felixstowe, denied a further eight indecent assaults – including one on a third male, and another charge of sexual assault by touching.

Dossor’s pleas were accepted by the prosecution today when he appeared before Judge David Goodin at Ipswich Crown Court.

Three of the assaults Dossor pleaded guilty to were on a victim aged between 13 and 15.

All 15 of the allegations relate to the period between October 1990 and December 2004.

The nine charges Dossor denied will now lay on file.

Sentencing has been adjourned for a pre-sentence report.

Because Dossor was known to the crown court for his work with the church previously it is likely to take place at Norwich Crown Court.

A date has not yet been set, however, it will not be before November 12.

The Rt Rev Nigel Stock, Bishop of the St Edmundsbury and Ipswich Diocese, issued an apology to those affected.

“I offer unreserved regret and apologies to all those affected by this matter.

“Clergy hold a position of trust and whenever such trust is broken it is widely felt, most of all by those who have been directly affected.

“The church has learnt much over the years and has in place very high standards of safeguarding in this diocese, which I am sure both the police and the local authority will endorse.

“Whilst these events took place a long time ago it is only right that the church should acknowledge the broken trust and offer sincere and deep apologies.”

Dossor officially retired as priest-in-charge at St Mary at the Elms in Elm Street, Ipswich, in January 2007.

He was a well-known figure in the town, who had prominent links with the business community.

Dossor’s first parish was at Shelley near Hadleigh, where he formed part of a ministry from 1990 to 2001.

Before becoming a clergyman Dossor worked in the silk manufacturing industry.

shares

0 comments

The scene at Uncle Sam's Great American Circus in Chantry Park after the incident

Two circus performers were rushed to hospital after a horror accident in front of a packed big top tent in Ipswich.

The annual East Bergholt Pram Race starts from the Royal Oak and visits the villages pubs

Thrilled East Bergholt residents turned out in force on Monday to see daring fundraisers dress up in their best costumes and battle in the 35th annual Pram Race.

Anglo-Saxons are at the Beerhouse in Bury St Edmunds to try a new beer which has been brewed for an upcoming event at West Stow Anglo-Saxon Village. Back L-R: Dave Elliott, Nigel Simms, Alister Ryde with Demeter Stone (front).

Stunned beer festival-goers looked on in amazement as a group of Anglo-Saxon warriors invaded their pub.

Haverhill High Street

A vision for Haverhill town centre will move a step
nearer this week when it is presented to cabinet members at St Edmundsbury Borough Council.

Dame Sarah Storey at Bury St Edmunds SportsAid Lunch Club. Suffolk Golf and Spa Hotel, Fornham St Genevieve.

Six-times Paralympian, Dame Sarah Storey, has hailed the efforts of the businesses behind a sporting lunch club in Bury St Edmunds as “invaluable” in helping the development of talented athletes from Suffolk.

The LeeStock music festival at Melford Hall in Long Melford in memory of Lee Dunford. The Big Alabama on stage.

Hundreds of people have enjoyed live music this weekend at a popular festival in memory of a young musician.

The lifeboat was called to the incident

The coastguard was called to help a boat which had run aground in the River Deben earlier this evening.

Police were at the scene

The A120 in Little Bentley, Essex is closed heading westbound after a crash.

St Edmundsbury and Forest Heath councils have been urged to fine irresponsible dog owners for not picking up after their pets

St Edmundsbury and Forest Heath councils have been criticised after it was revealed neither has issued a fine for dog fouling over the last three years.

Police were at the scene

The A1214 Valley Road in Ipswich is blocked in both directions after a crash involving two cars.

Most read

Most commented

Topic pages