Reverend David Fletcher, 63, a Vicar in Wolds has been jailed for 3 years for sexually abusing a young boy. He has also been placed on the Sex Offenders Register indefinitely.
Fletcher who was ordained in 2001 and whose Ministry includes 12 churches in East Riding was found guilty of 2 charges of indecent assault and was sentenced at the Bradford Crown Court on the 6th March 2017. The offences relate to the time when he was a headmaster of a school in Bradford during the late 1980’s.
The Court heard that, “Fletcher repeatedly thrust himself and snogged his young victim.” “ He used to kiss me like a girl” his victim told the Court. His victim who is now married gave evidence that he looked towards Fletcher as a, “father figure” and “wanted to be part of his family.” The abuse took place when the victim helped Fletcher on his small holding.
Fletcher stepped back from his role in the Ministry in December 2014 when York Diocese became aware of concerns about him. He withdrew from the Ministry as soon as he was charged.
York Diocese made the following statement after Fletcher’s conviction, “Whilst the offences took place more that a decade before he was ordained we offer an unreserved apology to the survivor and those affected by this news. We commend the bravery of those who brought the allegations forward, acknowledging how difficult and distressing this would have been. We are profoundly sorry for the abuse perpetrated by Mr Fletcher and remain committed to doing everything possible to ensure the wellbeing of children and young adults who look to us for respect and care.”
We would urge anyone affected to contact the Police to report their allegations.
At Jordans we have a specialist team with many years of experience in bringing civil claims against schools and religious organisations. We have helped many victims to recover compensation. No matter how long ago the abuse occurred you may still be able to make a successful claim.