Pri­est’s an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tion can­celled

Gloucestershire Echo - - NEWS -

A CATHOLIC pri­est who re­port­edly groped women while on hol­i­day in Rome will not cel­e­brate his 40th an­niver­sary as a cler­gy­man this week.

Fa­ther Peter Slo­combe, par­ish pri­est at St Joseph Church in Tewkes­bury, al­legedly punched and kicked the of­fi­cers in the face on Mon­day, Septem­ber 17.

The pri­est, 72, was charged with sex­ual as­sault and re­sist­ing ar­rest, the Sun re­ports.

He was sen­tenced at a Rome court to house ar­rest for two years and eight months.

A Clifton Dio­cese spokesman said to­day it has been in con­tact with “of­fi­cials at the Bri­tish Em­bassy and var­i­ous other peo­ple in Rome who are ac­tively help­ing us in sup­port­ing Fa­ther Peter Slo­combe”.

He added: “The cel­e­bra­tion planned for later this week to cel­e­brate the 40th an­niver­sary of Fa­ther Peter’s or­di­na­tion has been post­poned.”

In the strug­gle with po­lice, he re­port­edly shouted: “I’m a man of the cloth.”

One of the po­lice of­fi­cer’s nose was bro­ken, and both of them had cuts and bruises.

They called for back-up be­fore putting Fa­ther Slo­combe in a squad car at Rome’s main train sta­tion.

Two women in their 40s told po­lice that he had groped them on the bot­tom and chest.

He ran away af­ter they pointed him out and was chased by po­lice for sev­eral min­utes be­fore he threw blows at them.

Fa­ther Slo­combe was or­dered to re­main at a Catholic col­lege there and pay al­most £4,500 com­pen­sa­tion to the po­lice of­fi­cers.

His lawyer Lina Carideo told The Sun he de­nies the charges and will ap­peal.

In last week’s Echo the ar­ti­cle re­gard­ing Fa­ther Peter Slo­combe in­cor­rectly re­ferred to him as Catholic chap­lain at the Uni­ver­sity of Glouces­ter­shire. Fa­ther Slo­combe is in fact an as­so­ciate vol­un­teer chap­lain at the uni­ver­sity. We’re happy to make this clear.

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