A 75-year-old man from Great Britain, who served time for pedophilia, was allowed to sing in a church choir.
Michael Copeland became the first in Great Britain to be banned from visiting churches.
He pleaded guilty to 15 charges of sexually abusing boys, writes The Telegraph.
Copeland is the scion of a wealthy family that owned a pottery company and an estate in Cornwall, so he was a respected gentleman to his fellow believers.
|Copeland was placed on the sex offender registry. He will remain in it forever|
For decades, Michael Copeland attacked young choristers in churches and made no secret of his “addiction to children.”
When he was arrested, he pleaded guilty to 15 counts of sexually abusing boys between the ages of 8 and 12 in the 1980s and 1990s. He met all but one of them in churches.
For this, the court imprisoned him for 16 years.
Copeland was placed on the sex offender registry. He will remain in it forever.
After his release from prison, Copeland moved to Cornwall in 2018, where he was allowed to sing in a local church choir. Although the higher clergy knew about his dark past.
The diocese explained that the man was allowed to visit only the church of St. Feoc, because the parishioners there were elderly, there were no children among them.
An agreement was made with Copeland to hold religious services.
But the man could not get rid of his past. Last November, another person was sexually assaulted by him.
As soon as the diocese learned that the man was under investigation again, the agreement on worship was terminated.
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