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Former vicar sentenced to four years in prison

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.

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Vicar sentencing for sex offences

Ronald Johns Credit: ITV Border

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'.

Former Cumbrian vicar charged with sex offences

Ronald Johns Credit: ITV Border

A former Cumbrian vicar has been charged with sexual crimes against four boys. 74 year old Ronald Johns is a former rector of Caldbeck and was a canon at Carlisle Cathedral. He now lives in Norwich after retiring 12 years ago.

He faces three charges of serious sexual assault, Six counts of gross indecency and six more of indecent assault dating from 1979 to 1991. He's due to appear before Carlisle magistrates next month

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