Man, 71, appears in court to deny child sex abuse charges

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A 71-YEAR-OLD man from St Leonards denied sexually abusing a string of boys more than 30 years ago when he appeared in crown court today (THURS).

John Stingemore, 71, of Kennedy Court, Stonehouse Drive, appeared alongside Catholic priest Tony McSweeney, 66.

The pensioners area acused of molesting boys at the former Grafton Close Children’s Home in Hounslow, west London.

Both men are accused of targeting children at the council-run home between February 1980 and July 1981.

The allegations relate to six victims aged 15 and under.

McSweeney officiated at the 1990 wedding of former boxing heavyweight champion legend Frank Bruno and his former wife, Laura.

He was working as a trainee priest at the time of the alleged attacks.

The once part-time chaplain at Norwich City FC was leading the congregation at St George’s Church in north Norwich when the claims against him emerged.

Stingemore, bearded and wearing a navy coat and grey trousers, was permitted to sit outside the dock due to his disability.

He sat with his head bowed sharply forward as he denied five counts of indecent assault on a male person, indecency with a child and taking an indecent photograph of a child.

McSweeney of Pease Pottage, West Sussex, spoke only to confirm his name and deny taking an indecent photograph of a child and two counts of indecent assault on a male person in the 80s.

He also denied three counts of making indecent photographs of a child and a further count of possessing indecent images which were allegedly found on a laptop in January and February this year.

A trial date was set for April 29.