It appears that Terry Knight confessed some inappropriate behaviour with boys to the then Archdeacon of Portsmouth.It was this archdeacon (who has since died) who advised him to control his behaviour, and referred him to the then Bishop of Portsmouth.Clearly, this was not the correct response, especially by today’s standards.We apologise unreservedly that the reaction of the Church in 1985 was not more robust, and that these actions may have put others at risk.‘There’s no time limit – providing the offender’s still alive we can do something about it.’She added: ‘Hopefully the three counts he has been found guilty of go some way towards the victim’s healing.’In court, Knight could not remember if he abused the boy as he abused several.Summing up evidence, Judge Ian Pearson said Knight had said: ‘I had to give an undertaking to control my behaviour’.
Bishop ‘wrong to accept’ paedophile priest’s word Statement from Bishop Timothy Bavin, Bishop of Portsmouth 1985-95: BEFORE giving an account of what I remember about the events leading up to the conviction of Terry Knight in 1996, I would make two points.
We commend the survivor’s bravery in coming forward.
We were disturbed to hear that Terry Knight said in court he was asked in 1985 to ‘control his behaviour’ by someone in the Church.
That involved each diocese appointing an independent safeguarding reviewer who analysed personnel files for all current and past clergy, lay staff and lay ministers.
The number of cases across the whole Cof E where formal action was needed was 13. Terry Knight’s file was among those looked at by our independent reviewer.