UK priest surprises court with secret marriage
LONDON (AP) — A jury in northern England got a surprise at the trial of a Roman Catholic priest accused of sexually assaulting a teenage girl: The cleric has been secretly married for more than a decade.
The Bradford Telegraph and Argus quoted defense lawyer Jeremy Hill-Baker as saying that jurors at Bradford Crown Court could be forgiven if they thought that Father William Finnegan's vow of celibacy had left him lonely, sad and sexually frustrated.
But Hill-Baker said that was not the case, and jurors would hear evidence from the 59-year-old Finnegan and his wife, Beverley Dawson, that the pair had been "deeply in love."
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