Clearly, this was not the correct response, especially by today’s standards.
We apologise unreservedly that the reaction of the Church in 1985 was not more robust, and that these actions may have put others at risk.
Knight, a former member of the General Synod – the church’s ruling body – was then put on trial accused of four indecent assaults.
Jurors last month heard he asked boys, including the victim who was aged 12 or 13 during the abuse in the 1980s, to put on leather lederhosen.
‘There’s no time limit – providing the offender’s still alive we can do something about it.’She added: ‘Hopefully the three counts he has been found guilty of go some way towards the victim’s healing.’In court, Knight could not remember if he abused the boy as he abused several.
Summing up evidence, Judge Ian Pearson said Knight had said: ‘I had to give an undertaking to control my behaviour’.
He served 21 months of his jail sentence and was taken off the sex offenders’ register in 2013.
Knight, who attended treatment at the Lucy Faithfull Foundation, which works with sex abusers, will be sentenced later this month.‘Our actions may have put children at risk of abuse’DIOCESE of Portsmouth statement: WE WERE horrified to hear of these further charges against Terry Knight.We commend the survivor’s bravery in coming forward.We were disturbed to hear that Terry Knight said in court he was asked in 1985 to ‘control his behaviour’ by someone in the Church.It appears that Terry Knight confessed some inappropriate behaviour with boys to the then Archdeacon of Portsmouth.It was this archdeacon (who has since died) who advised him to control his behaviour, and referred him to the then Bishop of Portsmouth.A jury found Knight, of Kingfishers, Shipton Bellinger, Tidworth, guilty of three out of four indecent assault charges but acquitted him of one.