Former Church of England Bishop who describes Prince Charles as a ‘loyal friend’ charged with sex offences dating back to 1977

Rev Peter Ball meeting Prince Charles in 1992. The bishop, now 82, has  described him as 'a loyal friend' in the past

 . Peter Ball is formerly the Bishop of Gloucester and Bishop of Lewes
. Alleged he sexually abused a number of young males between 1977-1992
. Charges include an alleged indecent assault on a boy, aged 12 or 13
. Ball, 82, is due to appear at Brighton Magistrates Court next month

by Jill Reilly

A retired Church of England Bishop is due in court over sex offences and misconduct charges, the Crown Prosecution Service said.

Peter Ball, formerly the Bishop of Gloucester and Bishop of Lewes, will be prosecuted for historic offences dating back to 1977.

They include an alleged indecent assault on a boy, aged 12 or 13, indecent assault on a man aged 19 or 20, and misconduct in a public office.

Ball, 82, is due to appear at Brighton Magistrates Court next month.

Ball, former bishop of Lewes and later Gloucester, has connections with Prince Charles whom he has described in the past as a ‘loyal friend’.

He is thought to be the highest member of the clergy to be arrested in connection with a sex abuse investigation.

Jaswant Narwal, chief crown prosecutor for the CPS in the south east, said: ‘After a thorough and careful review, I have decided that Peter Ball should be prosecuted for misconduct in public office and two indecent assaults.

‘It is alleged that he sexually abused a number of young males between 1977 and 1992.

 ‘The misconduct alleged is that he misused his position and authority to manipulate and prevail upon others for his own sexual gratification.

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