A vicar has resigned after an investigation found he engaged in sexual acts with a schoolgirl

A vicar has resigned after an investigation found he engaged in sexual acts with a schoolgirl.

Simon Sayers, of the Warblington with Emsworth parish, Hampshire, was arrested over an allegation of indecent assault, in London in the 1990s.

Police did not charge him, but an internal church investigation found his behaviour with the 16-year-old abused his position of trust.

He has been banned from ministry for five years by the Church of England.

The Metropolitan Police arrested the vicar in January 2015 after it was informed of alleged offences that took place in the Islington area when he was in parish ministry there in 1995.

Because of the 2015 police investigation he was suspended from the Church of England, but in April 2015 he was told by police he would face no further action.

However, a complaint was made to the Church that same month, prompting it to carry out its own investigation.

At its conclusion, the Bishop of London, the Right Reverend Richard Chartres, found the vicar "engaged in conduct unbecoming a clergy person and inappropriate for a married man" and prohibited him from ministry for five years.

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