Sunday 25 September 2016

Trainee vicar jailed for raping teenage girls

Published 15/04/2016 | 13:58

Timothy Storey, 35, a former church youth leader who is to be sentenced for raping two teenage girls. Photo: Metropolitan Police/PA Wire
Timothy Storey, 35, a former church youth leader who is to be sentenced for raping two teenage girls. Photo: Metropolitan Police/PA Wire

A trainee vicar who groomed and raped two teenage girls he befriended at religious summer camps has been jailed for 15 years.

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Timothy Storey, 35, a former church youth leader, bombarded his victims with sex texts and social media messages to manipulate them into meeting him.

One was later attacked at his Oxford home after he took her to a concert and plied her with alcohol.

He used his respectable position as a youth leader to gain the second victim's trust, and sexually assaulted her on two separate occasions between 2008 and 2009.

Judge Philip Katz QC said Storey's "insidious" behaviour meant he was a serious danger to the public and ordered he serve an extended period of four years on licence on top of his 15-year custodial sentence.

The two women decided to come forward and tell police about their ordeals after Storey was convicted in May 2014 of grooming girls aged 10 to 16 and encouraging them to perform sexual acts via social media.

Storey was found guilty of three counts of rape and one of assault by penetration in February following a retrial at London's Woolwich Crown Court and was jailed at the same court on Friday.

Storey, formerly of Peckham Grove in Peckham, south London, showed no emotion as the judge passed sentence.

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