A former Canon at Carlisle Cathedral has been sent to prison for four years after admitting sexual offences against teenage boys. Ron Jons, who's now 75, carried out the offences between 1983 and 1991.
The Church of England has apologised for not reporting the matter to the police when the allegations were brought to the attention of the then Bishop of Carlisle almost 20 years ago.
You can watch the full report from Tim Backshall below.
A spokesperson for the Diocese, The Venerable Richard Pratt, the Archdeacon of west Cumberland said:
Cumbria police have responded to the sentencing of a former cannon of Carlisle Cathedral.
Ronald Johns was jailed for four years after admitting sex offences against two boys dating back 20 years.
Temporary Detective Inspector Gary McFadden was the investigating officer he said:
Ronald Johns, a former Cannon of Carlisle Cathedral, has been sentenced to four years in prison for sex offences dating back 20 years.
Johns was a high ranking and well respected member of the Church of England in Cumbria but at the same time he was befriending and abusing teenage boys. He's admitted 10 offences against three boys aged 14 to 17 between 1983 and 1991. They include gross indecency and indecent assault.
A former Canon at Carlisle Cathedral will be sentenced this afternoon after admitting a series of sexual offences against teenage boys. The Church of England has apologised for not reporting the matter to the police when allegations were first made about Canon Ron Johns in 1993.
A former Cannon of Carlisle has arrived at Carlisle Crown court. 75 year old Ronald Johns pleaded guilty earlier in the year to sex offences involving three teenage boys between 1983 and 1991.He will be sentenced this afternoon.
A former cannon of Carlisle Cathedral will be sentenced at carlisle crown court for a string of sex offences against boys dating back 20 years.
75 year old Ronald Johns pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to assaulting three teenage boys between 1993 and 1991.
The church was made aware of the allegations in 1993 but instead of reporting them to the authorities the then Bishop of Carlisle, the Right Reverend Ian Harland, moved Johns to a parish in Caldbeck.
The church has apologised 'unreservedly'.