Prosecutors told the Old Bailey that Peter Ball was allowed to continue officiating as a priest after a caution for indecent assault in 1993.
Police received calls of support for the former Bishop of Lewes from "MPs, former public school headmasters and even a Lord Chief Justice", the court heard.
Peter Ball's defence claimed to have 2,000 letters of support for the cleric including those from cabinet ministers and a member of the royal family.
In 1993, the Crown Prosecution Service said there was "sufficient admissible, substantial and reliable evidence" of indecent assault and gross indecency.
In 1993 Peter Ball's defence claimed to have more than "two thousand letters of support including from cabinet ministers and Royal Family."
After Peter Ball's police caution and resignation in 1993, he was granted permission to officiate as a priest
In 1993 police received calls supportive of Peter Ball from "MPs, former Public school headmasters.. even a Lord Chief Justice"
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