LONDON – A retired Anglican priest has been convicted of 36 separate sex offenses against children in the 1960s and 1970s.
A jury found Gordon Rideout guilty Monday of 34 counts of indecent assault and two counts of attempted rape on 16 children in the southeastern English counties of Hampshire and Sussex between 1962 and 1973. The victims included boys and girls.
Most of the charges that the 74-year-old Rideout was convicted of related to his work as an assistant curate at St. Mary's Church in Crawley, when he would visit a children's home nearby. Prosecutor Philip Bennetts said Rideout would visit children when they were sick and alone in bed.
Rideout was arrested in March 2012 and charged five months later following a police investigation. He denied all the charges.