The former Bishop of Lewes used his position to "identify, groom and exploit sensitive young men", the Old Bailey heard.
Peter Ball, 83, looked frail as he appeared in the dock for sentencing for a string of sex offences against young men, many aspiring priests, between 1977 and 1992.
The prosecution said that for Ball, religion "was a cloak behind which he hid in order to satisfy his sexual interest in those who trusted him".
ITV News correspondent Rebecca Barry is at the Old Bailey:
Prosecution: "For him, religion was a cloak behind which he hid in order to satisfy his sexual interest in those who trusted him"
Prosecution says Peter Ball used his "position as Bishop to identify, groom and exploit sensitive young men"
83 year old Peter Ball looks frail in the dock as he awaits sentencing for abusing aspiring young priests.
Last month, he admitted misusing his position in authority to "manipulate" 16 men for his own sexual gratification and indecently assaulting two men in their late teens between 1980 and 1983 and between 1990 and 1991.
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