June 2016

Cotswold clergyman admits molesting underage girl

Grahame Humphries

A vicar who served in the idyllic parish where the TV show Father Brown was filmed today admitted molesting a girl more than 40 years ago.

Cotswold clergyman Grahame Humphries, 71, stepped down as vicar of Blockley and Bourton-on-the-Hill in October 2012.

Married Humphries indecently assaulted the girl in the early 70s while serving as curate at St Michael’s Church in Wandsworth, southwest London.

Humphries was ordained more than 40 years ago and also served as curate in Slough as well as working in North Warwickshire, Norfolk and Lichfield.

He admitted indecent assault at Kingston Crown Court today but insisted he only kissed the girl on the lips.

Patricia May, prosecuting, said: “The defendant admits that on one occasion he kissed the victim on the lips but asserts that was all that he did.”

Ms May said the Crown do not accept the plea on this basis so a judge will hear evidence next month before passing sentence.

Adjourning the hearing until July 13, Judge Judith Coello said: “The court is going to hear evidence then from both you and the complainant.

“The court will then determine for itself the facts in this case.”

Humphries, of Lees Heights, Charlbury, Oxfordshire, admitted indecent assault against a girl, under the age of 16, between 1971 and 1972.

He was granted unconditional bail ahead of the next hearing.