Former Priest Jailed for Sexual Abuse

November 26th, 2020

Meirion Griffiths, 81, was unanimously found guilty of four charges of indecent assault by a jury earlier this year and was subsequently sentenced to eight years in prison at Portsmouth Crown Court.

Griffiths was convicted of four counts of indecent assault of a teenager and a woman in her 20s during the 1970s and 1980s.  At the time of these offences Griffiths was a Church of England vicar at St Pancras Church in Chichester.

The Court heard that Griffiths targeted his victim when she attended bible classes and social groups at his church.  The court also heard Griffiths abused her while teaching her to drive and during trips to the beach he took off all his clothes while swimming.