These two headlines highlighting “Bishops’ Accountability, Abuse Tracker, on one paper’s reporting perpetuate the lie that the person incarcerated for sexual abuse in England is a priest. No he wasn’t! He was a Baptist youth leader at a Baptist Church there.
Why would there be such misleading headlines? Of course, as in the USA, there are in England both Catholic and Anglican (Episcopal) priests. Even with that,, the distinctions are not made.
But these headlines are clearly and think, intentionally misleading:
January 16, 2021
By Luke May
-- Stephen Hardwicke abused boys as young as 10 on trips in the 1970s and 1980s
-- He groomed his victims at a youth group connected to Stanmore Baptist Church
-- Hardwicke, 63, was found guilty of five counts of historic indecent assault
A former priest who sexually abused three boys as young as 10 on church youth club trips in the 1970s and 80s has been jailed for five years.
Stephen Hardwicke, 63, tricked boys aged between 10 and 15 to perform sex acts by using a card game, Harrow Crown Court heard.
The abuse took place when Hardwicke was a leader and helped at the Way In church youth group, which was connected to Stanmore Baptist Church in Harrow, London.
A court heard how some of the abuse happened on overnight trips to Wales or Hertfordshire.
The abuse happened before Hardwicke became a priest at St Laurence Cowley Church in Uxbridge - he was suspended once a police investigation was opened.
January 16, 2021
By Rebecca Speare-Cole
A former priest who ran a church youth club has been jailed for grooming and sexually abusing three boys - one as young as 10-years-old.
Stephen Hardwicke, 63, from Uxbridge in London, was sentenced to five years in prison for five counts of indecent assault at Harrow Crown Court on Friday.
The ex-parish reverend targeted the three boys aged between 10 and 18 over five years during the mid-1970s and early 1980s.
Hardwicke was a leader and helper at the Way In church youth group connected to Stanmore Baptist Church in Harrow, northwest London at the time.