Father Anthony McSweeney; Nearly escaped justice Pic Credit: BBC
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One of the successes of the Met Police investigation into the notorious Elm Guest House in Barnes was the arrest and conviction of a Roman Catholic priest Anthony McSweeney who was jailed for three years in 2015 for sexually abusing a teenager and making indecent images of children.
The inquiry into Elm Guest House led the police to focus on a Richmond Council children’s home – long since closed – called Grafton Close which at the time was run by a friend of the priest, John Stingemore, who would have been tried alongside him at Southwark Crown Court if he had not died just before the trial.
The allegation that boys were taken by Stingemore to Elm Guest House were never tested in court – though the CPS agreed a charge should be made – because of…
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