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Thornton Heath priest Francis Moran returns to work after abuse allegations

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A PRIEST has returned to work after being accused of sexually assaulting a teenage boy.

Francis Moran had been withdrawn from St Andrew's Roman Catholic Church, in Brook Road, Thornton Heath, since his arrest in September 2012.

He was questioned about allegations made by a man, in his 30s, about alleged abuse in his early teens but, in July 2013, Canon Moran was told he would face no further action as there was insufficient evidence.

The Archdiocese of Southwark conducted its own investigation while the priest remained away from St Andrew's.

He returned to church life over the summer and, when approached by the Advertiser this week, said he had decided not to speak publicly about what had happened.

"I've been back for a while now and I'm settled in," he said. "I just want to move on." 

The Archdiocese has yet to comment.

Thornton Heath priest Francis Moran returns to work after abuse allegations


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