A FORMER vicar from Norton who repeatedly sexually abused young boys in his rectory has been jailed for 12 years.

Hull Crown Court heard that Terrence Grigg, 84, "identified" five "vulnerable" young men and that he then "used that vulnerability for his own sexual gratification.”

Grigg was a former rector of St Mary's Church in Hull. A jury found him guilty of 14 child sex offences against four victims between the mid 1980s and early 1990s. He was convicted of 12 charges of indecent assault and two charges of buggery. He was found not guilty of one charge of indecent assault.

The court heard that the abuse of one victim, who was a member of the church choir, began when he was just 10 years old.

Martin Hawes from the CPS said: “Grigg abused his position as a person of authority and standing in the community to exploit his victims for his own sexual gratification.

“This was a profound breach of trust. It is thanks to the courage of Grigg’s victims in reporting his crimes and supporting the investigation and prosecution that he now stands convicted of 14 sexual offences and has been sent to prison for 12 years.

“I hope these convictions are now of some comfort to them.”