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Tuesday, 9 August 2016

A former children’s home worker and Catholic priest has pleaded guilty to 27 counts of non-recent sexual assault committed against children in his care and two counts of perjury.

66 year old Philip Temple, of no fixed address appeared at Woolwich Crown Court earlier where he pleaded guilty to seven counts of non-recent sexual assault.

He had previously pleaded guilty to non-recent sexual abuse and perjury at Croydon Crown Court in April.

Temple was employed by Wandsworth Borough Council where he worked at Woking Close and Hertfield House between 1972 and 1974.

He was also employed by Lambeth Borough Council between 1974 and 1977 where he worked at Rowan House in Shirley Oaks, Croydon.

Over a five-year period, between those dates, Temple carried out the offences against male and female victims residing in the care homes.

He then changed career path to become a priest and served at Christ the King Monastery, Vita Et Pax in Cockfosters where he abused two alter boys at the church.

One of these victims made allegations that led to two trials during which Temple perjured himself by continually maintaining his innocence.

Temple has since pleaded guilty to perjury in relation to those proceedings.

An investigation was launched by detectives from the Met’s Sexual Offences, Exploitation and Child Abuse (SOECA) Command after information was received by officers that implicated Temple in multiple offences. Temple was arrested in July last year.

He appeared at Croydon Crown Court in April where he pleaded guilty to 20 counts of non-recent sexual assault and two counts of perjury.

He pleaded not guilty to five counts of indecent assault.

Temple appeared for trial at Woolwich Crown Court today, where he pleaded guilty to the remaining charges.

He'll be sentenced tomorrow.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:11 pm  

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