Sister claims Church of England covered up brother’s abuse ordeal

Canon John Norman
Canon John Norman

The sister of a child sex abuse victim claims her choirboy brother’s ordeal at the hands of an Anglican priest was covered up by the Church of England after his abuser faced no prosecution and was allowed to keep his title.

Canon Norman was cautioned by police and placed on the Sex Offenders’ Register for two years but was not prosecuted even though he admitted the abuse.

The woman claims the only penalty he received from the Church was to be barred from administering the sacraments and he was allowed to remain a Canon Emeritus at York Minster.

The victim, who was in his early teens and lived near Stamford Bridge, was sexually abused by Canon Norman during a camping trip decades ago as well as in Dunnington Rectory.

Full story in this Thursday’s Pocklington Post (29 August).