Priest Given Four Years for Indecent Assault

By Colin James
Adelaide Now [Australia]
August 8, 2006,22606,20057646-5006301,00.html

An Anglican priest who wanted to marry his 14-year-old male victim has been sentenced to four years in prison for indecent assault.

Raymond Frederick Ayles, 61, had been found guilty in the District Court of sexually abusing the boy between 1973 and 1975.

During his trial, Judge Andrea Simpson heard the victim's parents had intercepted a love letter Ayles sent to their son but were told by church officials not to report the matter to police because the "church would take care of it".

Ayles was later stripped of an Order of Australia medal after he attempted to engage in sexual activities with two more youths during an Adelaide Hills youth camp in the 1990s.

Judge Simpson set a non-parole period of two years.


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