August 4, 2018

 

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  • Peter Ball has moved to Somerset to start a new life after sex abuse conviction  
  • Ball, 86, was jailed for 32 months in October 2015 for historic abuse against boys 
  • The former bishop of Lewes and Gloucester was a friend of Prince Charles 

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A sex abuser bishop who was supported by Prince Charles has started a new life in the West Country where he hopes to become a Catholic.

Peter Ball, 86, moved into an 18th century property in a Somerset village after his release from prison last year for abusing 16 young men.

The revelations come days after it emerged Charles had described him as the victim of ‘monstrous wrongs’.

The supportive relationship was detailed in a series of letters given to the child sex abuse inquiry, which heard new claims of an alleged Establishment ‘cover up’ of Ball’s behaviour.

Despite his offences, the former bishop of Lewes and Gloucester is still the recipient of a generous Church of England pension.

Ball last night said he had been forbidden from discussing the ongoing inquiry, which is investigating how he escaped prosecution for decades after his offending came to light.