Morgan Overton – a statement from the Diocese of Peterborough

Morgan Overton was sentenced at Leicester Crown Court on Tuesday 10th November after pleading guilty to three counts of making indecent images of children. He was sentenced to a three-year community order with 20 days of therapy in order to stop him re-offending. He was also given 120 hours of unpaid work and will be subject to a five-year sexual harm prevention order, signing on at police stations during that period.

Overton played the organ at Lyddington St Andrew for their monthly parish communion service from 2014 to 2018. He also acted as page-turner at some Music in Lyddington concerts over the same period. Music in Lyddington is a separate organisation but uses Lyddington St Andrew as its concert venue.

We are appalled by Overton’s crimes. The Diocese of Peterborough take all allegations of abuse seriously, whether this is within a church context or within our wider community. As a Diocese, we work closely with our statutory partners and other outside support organisations.

If anybody needs to raise a safeguarding concern or make a disclosure, then please contact the Diocesan Safeguarding Team on 01733 887040 or 01733 887041. They can also be emailed via bev.huff@peterborough-diocese.org.uk or samantha.jackson@peterborough-diocese.org.uk.

We recognise that this option may not feel safe for those with a lived experience of abuse from within the Church. Safer Spaces is a free and independent support service providing a confidential, personal and safe space for anyone who has been abused through their relationship with the Church of England, Catholic Church of England and Wales or the church in Wales. If you, or anyone you are in contact with, want to talk to someone independently please call the Safe Spaces helpline on 0300 303 1056  or email safespaces@victimsupport.org.uk.

A dedicated telephone helpline, operating independently from the Church, has also been set up. The number is 0800 80 20 20 and is being run by the NSPCC Helpline for Children and Adults.

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