Priest jailed for sex abuse

Father Stephen Shield

Father Stephen Shield

A catholic priest has been jailed for 12 months for sexually abusing a young man at English Martyrs church in Preston.

Stephen Shield, 55, the former cathedral priest at Lancaster, was convicted of three counts of indecent assault upon the man who had hopes of a future in the priesthood.

More than 240 parishioners signed a petition in support of Shield.

But Recorder of Preston Judge Anthony Russell QC jailed Shield for 12 months.


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