Priest jailed for second time for sexually abusing boys
A former Church of England priest who sexually abused boys has been put behind bars for a second time.
Colin Pritchard changed his name to Ifor Whittaker after he was handed a five-year sentence at Northampton Crown Court in 2008 after admitting abusing two children in Wellingborough, Northamptonshire, between 1979 to 1983.
The 73-year-old was jailed for 16 years at Hove Crown Court on Thursday after being found guilty of abusing a third boy between 1987 and 1991 while he was the vicar of Sedlescombe in East Sussex, police said.
He was convicted of seven offences including inciting the child, aged between 10 and 14, to commit gross indecency and buggery.
A jury also found him guilty of conspiring with fellow vicar, close friend and convicted paedophile Roy Cotton to commit acts of indecency.
The pair had already been arrested by Sussex Police in 1997 on suspicion of sexually abusing children and were released on bail.
Cotton retired in 1999 and the Crown Prosecution Service dropped the case. He died in 2006.
These details emerged in a critical independent report by Roger Meekings in 2012 which revealed how Cotton had been convicted of indecent behaviour with a child in 1954 while training for the priesthood.
He was thrown out of theological college but then readmitted and ordained in 1966 - the same year he attended with Pritchard.
It was also in 2012 that the force began investigating this latest case, after the victim said he was sexually assaulted by Cotton when he was the vicar in the nearby Sussex village of Brede.
The victim settled a civil claim with the Diocese of Chichester over Cotton that year.
Officers only learned he was also abused by Whittaker when they revisited the investigation in 2014, the force said.
The victim told how he believed Whittaker watched while Cotton carried out his assaults because he would appear in the room immediately after.
He said he was then taken to Whittaker's vicarage by Cotton to do gardening but was actually plied with drinks of coke laced with alcohol.
Whittaker would sexually assault him and say no-one would believe him if he spoke out.
The victim described how he was made to feel like he was passed between the pair like a "toy borrowed from a friend".
Whittaker was arrested in 2015 and questioned again in January 2016.
A video statement given by the victim in 2014 had to be taken again in November 2016 when the recording was found to be faulty. He disclosed more details of the abuse during the second statement.
Whittaker, of Sutton, is already a registered sex offender for life.
Judge Paul Tain ordered him to serve 15 years in custody and one year on extended licence. He cannot apply for parole for 10 years.
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