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Former chaplain faces jail term for child abuse
A FORMER chaplain from Dorchester has been convicted of sexual offences against children.
Frederick William Vernon Noy, 65, was warned he faces a prison sentence after being found guilty of two counts of indecency with a child dating back several decades.
Following a week-long trial at Dorchester Crown Court, it took the jury over five-and-half-hours to reach its unanimous guilty verdict.
Noy remained impassive in the dock as the guilty verdicts were delivered.
He was accused of being indecent with a girl while they were out on a walk in woods near Dorchester in the 1970s when his victim was aged between five and 10 years old and Noy worked as a chaplain to the deaf in Dorset.
The victim, now 45, did not come forward until 2011 when she found out Noy could be working with children.
Noy left the church in 1980 to set up a garage business but he continued to act as a locum minister when required up until his arrest in 2011.
The second charge related to an incident in his home in Casterbridge Road, Dorchester, in the late 1980s when his victim was aged around 10 years old.
Again his victim remained silent for many years but went to police in 2009 when advised by a counsellor.
After the jury delivered its verdict Judge Roger Jarvis adjourned the case for a pre-sentence report to be prepared and Noy was released on conditional bail until his sentence hearing on February 15.
Noy was automatically placed on the sex offenders’ register, with Judge Jarvis stating that the period he is to remain on the register was to be fixed at sentencing.
The judge warned the defendant: “You will be aware I’m sure that the consequence of those convictions is that there is every possibility that the sentence will result in you losing your liberty.”
Following the conviction, officer in the case Detective Constable Simon Bond said he was delighted with the verdict against Mr Noy and praised the courage of the two women for coming forward to give evidence.
He said: “This case has taken a long time to come to trial and I praise the courage of these two victims in coming forward in the first place.
“I praise their strength and patience in seeing this through to a conclusion.”
DC Bond added: “I hope that both victims will now be able to move on with their lives knowing that children have been protected from Mr Noy ever doing this to anyone else.”