Vicar suspended by Church of England denies historic sex offences claims

A vicar suspended by the Church of England has pleaded not guilty to historic sex offences.

Veronica Green denied six offences – five of indecency with a child and one of indecent assault – after she appeared at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court.

The offences are alleged to have happened in the 1970s and 1980s, StokeonTrentLive reports.

Green – who is currently suspended from her position at the priest-in-charge of Marbury with Tushingham and Whitewell in Cheshire – is due to go on trial next year.

The trial is expected to last five days and the 57-year-old's unconditional bail has been extended.

The Chester Diocese issued a statement following Green's court appearance.

In a statement, Keith Sinclair, the Bishop of Birkenhead, said: "The charges relate to a long time before Mrs Green was ordained and are not related to her work as a church minister of school governor.

"In January, having received information from the police, and in line with national church procedures, I suspended Mrs Green from all church ministry.

"Since that time, she has remained, and continues to be, suspended.

"As we await the outcome of the legal process we ask for prayers for all those affected by this news and situation."

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