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Former vicar and Thatcham school counsellor jailed for child sex offences

Peter Jarvis begins 15 month prison term

Chris Ord

Chris Ord


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Peter Jarvis

A FORMER Thatcham vicar and Kennet School youth counsellor was yesterday (Wednesday) jailed for child sex offences.

Rev Peter Jarvis had shown a "particular sexual interest" in his young charges and was also caught with child porn.

A trial had been due to start at Winchester Crown Court in February but following legal wrangling the disgraced vicar changed his pleas.

He went on to admit two charges of inciting a child aged under 16 years to engage in sexual activity while he was in a position of trust and to one charge of possessing indecent images of children.

All the charges relate to a five-year period from June 2008.

Jailing Jarvis for 15 months, Judge Richard Parkes QC told him: ”You completely forgot the boundary which must exist between an adult in a position of trust and a child. You did so out of a particular sexual interest and on doing so you betrayed their trust."

Jarvis had previously served as vicar at St Michael’s Church in Spencers Wood and before that was team vicar in Thatcham.

He was also chaplain to the John Madejski Academy in Whitley.

For a full report of the sentencing, plus more of the judge's damning comments, grab a copy of the Newbury Weekly News this Thursday.

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