Retired Norfolk pastor jailed for sex assaults

2010: The former pastor of a West Norfolk church has been jailed for two years and placed on the sex offenders’ register for 10 years.

Malcolm Hoare, who belonged to the King’s Lynn Baptist Fellowship, was found guilty following a trial of five counts of indecently assaulting the girl when she was aged between 13 and 15.

The offences took place about 30 years ago but the victim only recently decided to come forward about the matter after undergoing counselling as she also wanted to make sure that nothing like this happened to anyone else. On December 10 at Norwich Crown Court, Hoare, of Whitefriars Road, King’s Lynn, appeared for sentence.

Jailing him, Judge Philip Curl accepted that he was a man of previous good character and said he had read the many references about Hoare, who also worked as a prison and police chaplain and had done a lot of charity work.

However he described him as a “manipulative and egocentric person.” who had abused his position of trust. “She was thirteen and a half and you were 38. These offences are so serious only custody can be justified.”

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