Solihull priest Ted Simpson arrested over child sex accusations


Solihull priest Ted Simpson arrested over child sex accusations

Father Ted Simpson, of Olton Friary in Solihull, has been arrested and quizzed by police over child sex allegations

By Mike Lockley  7 Mar 2013 13:58

From the link: http://www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/local-news/solihull-priest-ted-simpson-arrested-1726799

Father Ted Simpson of Olton Friary in Solihull

Father Ted Simpson of Olton Friary in Solihull

 

A Midland priest and school governor has been arrested by police investigating historic child sex allegations.

Father Ted Simpson, based at Olton Friary in Solihull, was arrested on January 25 on suspicion of sexual activity with a minor.

West Midlands Police said he was currently on bail while inquiries continued.

Staff at the church seemed unaware of the police investigation. One told the Birmingham Mail: “He has not retired yet, but he may do. I should leave things alone for the moment.”

The 83-year-old has close links with Olton voluntary-aided catholic primary school, Our Lady of Compassion.

Its website said: “We are most fortunate to have the wise counsel and constant support of Father Ted Simpson who regularly comes in to say mass and is a long-standing member of the governing body.”

Olton Friary was built by Fransiscan Friars in 1929.

The church was badly damaged by a fire in July, 1970, but re-opened 15 months later.

The friars left in January 1981, and the Sacred Heart Fathers and Brothers of Betharram took over the running of the parish, with Father Simpson as parish priest.

A secretary at the Friary yesterday refused to allow a Mail reporter to speak to Father Simpson and referred all calls to a press officer.

A spokesman for the catholic church in Birmingham confirmed Father Simpson had been spoken to by police, but refused to go into detail.

Peter Jennings, press secretary to the Archdiocese of Birmingham, said: “Father Ted Simpson of Olton Friary was interviewed by the police during January 2013. We have nothing further to say about this matter at the present time.”

A West Midlands Police spokesman confirmed: “On January 25, an 83-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of sexual activity with a child.

“He is currently on police bail while inquiries continue.”

 

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The Catechism offers a clear moral teaching: "Rape is the forcible violation of the sexual intimacy of another person. It does injury to justice and charity. Rape deeply wounds the respect, freedom, and physical and moral integrity to which every person has a right. It causes grave damage that can mark the victim for life. It is always an intrinsically evil act. Graver still is the rape of children committed by parents (incest) or those responsible for the education of the children entrusted to them." (no. 2356) Note that rape is "an intrinsically evil act," meaning that it is evil at its very root, nothing justifies it, and it is objectively a mortal sin. An evil act was done against me, a crime, by a priest at St Thomas More Parish in Durham, NH. An evil and a crime I will no longer keep silent about. Those who perpetrate crimes against children, especially those of the Roman Catholic Church, should all be punished for their crimes against children. Anything less would be criminal.

Posted on March 14, 2013, in Archdiocese of Birmingham, Child Sex Abuse, Clergy Abuse, Clergy Sex Abuse, Father Ted Simpson, Olton Friary in Solihull, Our Lady of Compassion Primary School, Priest Child Sex Abuse, Religion, Roman Catholic Church, Roman Catholic Church Sex Abuse and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. This should be taken down or updated: Father Ted Simpson was found innocent by a unanimous Jury at Birmingham Crown Court (October 2014) and the Judge criticised the Police at the trial for having brought the charge to court.

    • Well I will tell you what. I have just done searches for this and have found nothing of the sort. The last news I had on this case was he had been charged with indecently assaulting a child on May 21,2014. I have done a search, using what you wrote…Father Ted Simpson was found innocent by a unamimous Jury at Binghampton Crown Court October 2014. NOTHING came up in my searches, nor any of my searches on SNAP, Bishops Accountability or even just general Google Search.

      I will be fair, you provide me with a link to an official news story that shows what you said….and I will post it to this site.

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