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Vicar faces prison for sex assaults on young girls
By Michael Paterson
(Filed: 07/06/2003)

A vicar who admitted that he conducted a six-year affair with a parishioner faces prison after being found guilty of indecently assaulting two young girls.

The Rev Robin Everett told Leicester Crown Court about the affair which took place while he was vicar at Castle Donnington, Leics. The prosecution claimed the affair proved he was "duplicitous" and "calculating".

While defending himself against allegations of repeated inappropriate touching of the girls between 1981 and 1985, Everett, now 69, told the court his wife, Ruth, spent years believing he went out late at night to work on the parish magazine. But in fact he went to the home of his lover, who was not named in court.

When his wife was diagnosed with cancer he even wrote a letter to his lover to say his wife's plight could be seen as "God's way of freeing him to be with her".

Everett told the court: "My wife would be in bed. I was working through the night and I would leave a light on with a note that said I had gone to the church. Then I would go out quietly, jump over the wall and let myself into her house. I would like to think I was calculating in the best possible sense."

He had kept in touch with his former mistress by letter after his posting to Montserrat in the Caribbean in 1987.

Mrs Everett, who was in court, remained impassive as her husband apologised for the fact that he still loved his former mistress, although he claimed he did so only "in the right way".

Everett, a father of two, from Boulton Moor, Derbys, was found guilty by the jury yesterday on seven counts of indecent assault by a majority of 11 to one after more than four hours' deliberation. Five offences were against one girl and two against the other.

Judge Simon Hammond adjourned sentencing until July 18 and ordered Everett to sign the sex offenders' register.

"Anyone who has been in court and saw those two women, as they now are, will see the damage [to them]," said the judge. "I make it abundantly clear I am considering a substantial prison sentence," he said.

Everett, who was allowed bail, left court arm in arm with his wife.

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