May 2008

Ex-priest jailed for sex attacks

A former Catholic priest has been jailed for sexually abusing two teenage boys in the 1980s.

Brian Rutledge, 69, was found guilty at Southampton Crown Court in March of attempting a sex assault on a boy aged 17 while he was staying at his house.

He earlier admitted indecently assaulting the 17-year-old, as well as a 15-year-old boy.

Rutledge of Waldegrave Close, Woolston, Southampton, has been sentenced to four years and 10 months in prison.

During his trial, the court heard Rutledge befriended the 17-year-old at a religious camp in Shropshire in 1975.

He later invited the boy, whose father was a naval officer, to stay at his home.