Life ban imposed under CDM for clergy abuse

Penalty of removal from office plus prohibition for life imposed

On 11 October 2018, the Bishop’s Disciplinary Tribunal for the Diocese of Chester handed down its decision and penalty in the matter of the Reverend Simon Robert Marsh. Members of the Tribunal agreed unanimously that the allegations were all proved regarding the serious and grave allegations of sexual misconduct and of an inappropriate relationship between the Respondent and Miss XY. The Tribunal considered that the appropriate penalty in this case in all the circumstances, having particular regard to the gravity of the proven allegations as well as the aggravating features identified in the decision, was removal from office and prohibition for life.  Continue reading