CPS London statement on the conviction and sentencing of Philip Temple


Malcolm McHaffie, CPS London Deputy Chief Crown prosecutor, said: “Temple seriously abused his position of trust. As a social worker in the 1970s, his job was to look after some of the most vulnerable children in the capital, but instead he sexually abused numerous young boys and a girl.

"In 1987 he was ordained as a priest and his job was to look after his congregation. But again, he took the opportunity to abuse young male members of his congregation.

"Faced with the weight of evidence against him Temple had no choice but to plead guilty to the charges he faced and he has now been sentenced to 12 years' imprisonment. We hope that this conviction comes as some small comfort to the victims he abused."