Reverend John Price a Methodist Minister in York has been accused of indecently assaulting two boys when he was a Minister of a York Methodist Church and two boys when he was a Minister in Pockington in East Yorkshire.
Price who is 82 and lives in Bedale, North Yorkshire is now retired. He denies the charges of 14 counts of indecent assault on boys between the ages of 11 and 17 in the 1970’s and 1980’s.
Teesside Crown Court heard evidence that he would use hypnosis to help the boys relax before he carried out the abuse. Paul Newcombe who was prosecuting told the jury, “The Defendant attempted, so he said, to hypnotise them, he said, to help them relax and then he proceeded to abuse them sexually. All four of the alleged victims make strikingly similar allegations against the Defendant.”
It is alleged that he offered to hypnotise one boy to help him cope with stress whilst touching his body, another victim was groped in the vestry whilst he was helping him overcome his nerves. One victim was told to “hold a 50p until he dropped it, believing then his victim was in a trance.” A fourth boy was, “abused after being made to lie naked on a bed.”
Mr Newcombe said, “no doubt the Defendant was convinced that he was able to hypnotise these lads. It seems that all the boys feigned a trance as a coping mechanism.” One of the victims told the Court that, “he felt shocked, frozen, appalled and at a loss as to know what to do.”
The trial continues.
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