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But now the Diocese of Portsmouth admitted the church put other children at risk by leaving Knight in post between 19 – when he was arrested.A former bishop continues to deny a cover-up but the church admitted a former Archdeacon of Portsmouth was told by Knight about ‘inappropriate behaviour’.Clearly, this was not the correct response, especially by today’s standards.We apologise unreservedly that the reaction of the Church in 1985 was not more robust, and that these actions may have put others at risk.Knight, a former member of the General Synod – the church’s ruling body – was then put on trial accused of four indecent assaults.
I say this not to offer excuses, but to ask you to understand why there was not a more robust response by the Church to Terry Knight’s abuse.
He served 21 months of his jail sentence and was taken off the sex offenders’ register in 2013.
Knight, who attended treatment at the Lucy Faithfull Foundation, which works with sex abusers, will be sentenced later this month.‘Our actions may have put children at risk of abuse’DIOCESE of Portsmouth statement: WE WERE horrified to hear of these further charges against Terry Knight.
Because the original allegations against him had been reported to the police and he had been convicted on those charges in 1996, the review found no new information about him.
Bishop ‘wrong to accept’ paedophile priest’s word Statement from Bishop Timothy Bavin, Bishop of Portsmouth 1985-95: BEFORE giving an account of what I remember about the events leading up to the conviction of Terry Knight in 1996, I would make two points.