May 2021

Disgraced priest from Gosport jailed for nine years for raping boy, 15, in traumatising sex attack

A paedophile Catholic priest who raped a boy whispered to him ‘you have been chosen by god’ before his sickening sex attack.

Predatory pensioner Brian Rutledge, of St Georges Walk, Gosport, has been jailed for nine years for his crime after being convicted of two counts of indecent assault on a boy under 16 and one count of buggery with a boy under 16 following a trial at Reading Crown Court.

The offences all occurred in the 1980s when Rutledge – now 82 – was a parish priest at a church in Reading.

The disgraced priest had set up and run a number of clubs for boys while at the church.

His victim, then aged 15, was a member of one of the groups when he was targeted by the twisted pervert.

During a stay at Rutledge’s home, the youngster was sexually abused and raped.

The victim had woken to find Rutledge sitting on his bed and he told the victim that he had been ‘chosen by god’ before clambering into bed with him and molesting him.

After carrying out his sex attack, depraved Rutledge then told the boy not to tell anyone about what had happened, saying that keeping it as a secret was good practice for when the youngster became a priest.

The court was told that Rutledge was also jailed in 2008 after he was sentenced to four years and 10 months in prison after indecently assaulting a 17-year-old, as well as a 15-year-old boy

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.