May 1999

Vicar Jailed for Fondling Schoolgirls

A VICAR who sexually abused schoolgirls has been jailed for nine months at the Old Bailey.

The Rev Guy Bennett (66), who was Rector of Oxted and Tandridge in Surrey for 26 years, admitted to three offences indecent assaulting three 11-year-old girls between 1976 and 1988.

Bennett was jailed for nine months for each offence.

He also ordered that Bennett’s name should remain on the Sexual Offenders’ Register for ten years.

He was living in the Oxted vicarage when he was charged, and a Church of England spokesman confirmed Bennett was suspended from St Mary’s in September when the police inquiry was launched.

He had been rector there since 1972 and also taught religious education part-time at a local school.