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Church deacon, 71, charged with sex offences

An elderly church deacon has been charged with a string of sex offences.

Peter Keeley-Pannett, 71, who until his arrest last November was a non-stipendiary deacon in the Diocese of Chichester in West Sussex, is accused of eight offences.

He has been charged with three counts of making 150 indecent images of children and one of attempting to cause a boy over 13 to engage in sexual activity.

He also faces two charges of causing a boy aged 13 to 15 to watch images of sexual activity, and two of causing or inciting a boy of 14 to engage in sexual activity.

Sussex Police said the sexual activity charges relate to the alleged use of webcam, and none involve physical contact. None of the alleged victims are from Sussex, a police spokesman said.

Keeley-Pannett, of Bristol Road, Brighton, was charged following an inquiry by the Paedophile On-Line Investigation Team of Surrey and Sussex Police.

He has been bailed to appear at Redhill Magistrates' Court on September 28.

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