FORMER Bishop of Gloucester Peter Ball has been charged with misconduct in public office and indecent assault following an investigation by Sussex Police.
Reverend Ball, aged 82, is accused of misusing his position and authority as a Bishop in the Church of England to manipulate and prevail upon others for his own sexual gratification between October 1977 and December 1992.
He is charged with indecent assault on a boy aged between 12 and 13 in 1978 and indecent assault on a man aged 19 to 20 between 1980 and 1982 and is due to appear at Brighton Magistrates’ Court on April 10.
Sussex Police investigated alleged sexual offences by Reverend Ball against 19 men and young boys at addresses in East Sussex and elsewhere.
He was arrested in November 2012 but was released at his home on the same day on medical advice, without being interviewed.
It was subsequently established that he was not medically fit to be further arrested or interviewed by police.
However in March 2013 he was supplied by police with details in writing of the allegations against him and supplied a written response.
This response was submitted to the CPS in May 2013 along with all the other evidence obtained during the investigation.
Reverend Ball resigned as Bishop of Gloucester in 1993, a post he had taken up the previous year, after being cautioned by police.