A retired Anglican priest in Britain has been sentenced to 6 1/2 years in prison for sex attacks on teenagers and young men, in a case that sparked allegations of a cover-up by the church.

Vickery House was sentenced Thursday for indecent assaults in the 1970s and '80s.

House served under former bishop Peter Ball, who was convicted earlier this month of sexually assaulting 18 young men over two decades. Three of House's victims were also abused by Ball.

Ball's first victim came forward in 1992, but powerful society figures spoke out in his support and he was not charged.

House was first accused in 2001. The two men were eventually arrested in 2012.

The Church of England has ordered an investigation into how it handled the allegations.