Runaway vicar sentenced to 32 months


Simon Reynolds, the Church of England vicar who defrauded his parish of over £16,000 was jailed for 32 months at Sheffield Crown Court today.

Caroline Tubb, Senior Crown Prosecutor, CPS Yorkshire and Humberside said:

"It is hard to imagine a more deplorable and flagrant  breach of trust than a vicar stealing money from his own parishioners.  The offences he has committed are of an enormous  significance considering the position of trust that Reynolds held within his community.  The qualities one would most associate with his position - honesty, trust and integrity have been completely abandoned in an attempt to fund his lifestyle.

"These offences were further compounded when he absconded after his trial, triggering an extensive manhunt.  The sentence handed down today sends a clear message that no-one is above the law, and we will prosecute all such cases robustly."