Monday, 5 February 2018


Trainee priest mutters ‘dear God’ after being caught trying to meet boy, 14, for sex

James Leigh has been jailed for a year.

A trainee priest muttered ‘dear God’ as he was caught by paedophile hunters after arranging to meet a 14-year-old boy for sex.

James Leigh thought he had been chatting to an underage boy on Grindr – but was in fact talking to members of the group Guardians of the North, who were posing as the youngster to lure in paedophiles.

During their conversations, Leigh sent an intimate photo and instructed the boy not to shower because he likes ‘sweaty teen lads’.

At the time of the meeting, the 30-year-old had been living in Newcastle with a Catholic priest, as part of his training for Newcastle in England.

He has now been jailed for a year after pleading guilty to attempting to meet a child after sexual grooming.

The trainee priest immediately discovered the boy was underage.

Leigh quickly turned the conversation sexual.

Footage filmed by Guardians of the North shows Leigh initially denying coming to the car park at Gateshead Leisure Centre under the cover of darkness to meet a child for sex.

Prosecutor Emma Dowling said the learner clergyman had set up the profile under the name ‘Chris’ and was quickly told the boy was underage

Leigh asked the boy ‘what he felt comfortable doing’ and brought up the possibility of oral sex, the court was told.

Miss Dowling said: ‘He sent the boy a picture of his erect penis and asked the boy if he had any pictures of his penis.

‘The defendant said he liked sweaty teen lads.’

He said he likes ‘sweaty teen lads’.

Leigh was caught in a leisure centre car park.

He had been living with a priest at the time.

A bishop had prepared a reference to his ordinarily good character, which judge Mr Recorder Tahir Khan read at the sentencing hearing.

The judge said: ‘You sent a photo of yourself and it is clear from the communication that followed that you were clearly aware that the person you were engaging with was purporting to be a 14-year-old boy.

‘There was some discussion about the purpose of the meeting and, if there was any doubts as to what that was, you discussed the possibility that you might engage in oral sex.

76 comments:

  1. Ugh !What a disgusting specimen!
    I am so glad he was caught.

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  2. Pat you should have posted where you got this link from....and who wrote the article

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  3. Good on you Pat, make sure everyone knows about it. The further you can spread the story and destroy this man and his family, the greater the service you are doing in the name of the Lord. Amen

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    1. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5345063/Trainee-Catholic-priest-snared-paedophile-hunters.html

      Absolutely 02:15. Life destroyers such as Leigh need to be exposed as far as possible as as to protect innocent children seeing that so many in the church are so lethargic in that regard.

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    2. 0.215: A disgusting comment. Yes, this man deserves the rigour of justice and the law of the land but why your clamour for his family to be destroyed? Your death wish - for that is what it is -is an "abuse" on an innocent family and for that you sould be condemned and receive nothing but contempt. Such hatred in your words! God help you.

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    3. Destroy this man and his family? So you would compound his grave injustice with another injustice.

      Lynch-mob mentality.

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    4. Pat, the person at 2.15 shouldn't be allowed to foster such hate. The man's family are suffering terribly, I'm sure, - we want healing for them. The abuser needs convicting and help. As Christians we are not looking for anyone to be destroyed.

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    5. 02:15
      Why stop at the destruction of his family! Why not include his neighbourhood and his country!

      Perhaps the following excerpt from
      Ezekiel 18:23 (New King James Version) may provide something further for you to think about.

      "Do I have any pleasure at all that the wicked should die?” says the Lord God, “and not that he should turn from his ways and live?"

      There’s an element of blasphemy Inyour campaign to promote the diametric opposite of Ezekiel’s prophetic word here and that you do it in the name of the Lord.

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  4. Dear God has nothing to do with it. He was messing with under age lads and got caught. Who are the Guardians. Are they police or community based

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    1. The Guardians are people who think they are the Police and Detectives but they are not and the Police has asked them to Stop this and leave it all to the Professional Police.
      They have members all over the UK and go on all sorts of sights.
      It is shocking that this guy has done what he did but was the 14 year old really on Grindr or was it the Guardians.

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    2. @ 02.15 “Destroy this man and his family”. This just about sums up this blog. Very cheap point scoring. You sound a fine example of Christianity, God help anyone that’s judged by you!! What has his family done wrong? They are probably going through agony at present and a moron like you comes along and sticks the boot in. Words fail me.

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  5. Can we be spared the infantile behaviour of the crazy magnas - please? They are each tiresome, boring and their humour is crap. They are ruining this blog which is rapudly becoming a bitchfest with pornographic descriptions worthy of a top shelf spot. Unacceptable smut.

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  6. So much for Diarmuid Martin's plan to house seminarians with priests. This Grindr epidemic would end up being aggravated as these lying manipulative perverts could easily fool parishioners and priests. As this case reveals. I looked at the video on the Daily Mail's webpage: You would think butter wouldn't melt in his mouth and off course he lied through his teeth initially and would not hand over his phone. Absolutely horrifying. Leigh could be heard saying that his life was now ruined and then one of the hunters said that he would have ruined a young boy's life if he had the chance. No remorse, no guilt, no sorrow. Leigh just worried about himself.

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    1. Scotland has done this for years and very successful in every diocese and more so Motherwell who ordained five priests last year.
      Also this house of formation Ireland is planning smaller than Maymooth again Scotland has this in Spain and full this year and all doing well.
      Seminarians need to see Parish life.

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  7. 09.20

    I agree with you entirely regarding the 2 Magnas. It is now well over-played and needs to stop. In fact it reflects something of the individual's narcissistic personality.

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  8. That's about it! - - poster@ 10.56
    That is how it was... an immature seminarian who had no idea how damaging and life-changing his evil actions would be for the 14yr old child (under 18yrs)

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    1. (Under 18) Not sure where you live but in the UK you will find the legal age of consent is 16 not 18.

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    2. "Immature" - this guy is nearly 30 years of age. C'mon, as a modern seminarian he would have been taught about the nefarious effects of sexual abuse on minors. He knew well the consequences of his potential actions.

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    3. @ 11.42
      In Child Protection Training and guidance to priests ,teachers, youth club directors, Scouts etc etc the rules of no sexual contact or behaviour or any sort of unprofessional conduct most emphatically applies until the young person has reached his/her 18th birthday. (This is not about the legal "age of consent" in general terms as a much more exact code is in place for people whose professional work will inevitably put them in contact with children and vulnerable adults. It's a different thing..)

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    4. @ 11.50.
      Yes, the seminarian was nearly thirty years old and would have heard what's correct behaviour and what is not, but the poster was right to describe his actions as "immature" since the seminarian still behaved like a reckless teenager in spite of what he was taught.

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    5. Let's call Leigh what he is: a pernicious, insidious and disgusting person. Don't try to sanitise him with such understated adjectives like "immature".

      Read the f*****g article you d*******s.

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    6. Your stupid response betrays your shallow understanding of the pertinent point made by poster @ 14.16
      You completely missed the point and then revert to form by your descent into degrading language (if Pat hadn't spotted it)
      I think it is possibly you who needs to "sanitise".

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  9. Oh well this is shocking another one bites the dust and Thankfully before Ordination'
    However Pat usually loves to point out the Bishop well sadly in this case he has not however the Bishop in Newcastle is Bishop Cunninghame another 78 year old awaiting retirement.

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  10. There are lots of 14 and 15 year olds in many countries who hunt for sex with men in parks etc. Entrapment is odious.

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    1. You are a sick pervert 11:31. Sicko.

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    2. Just the facts.

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    3. 11.40: Sadly in today's world children as young as 8/9/10/12 are sexualised in all sorts of ways. They are abused by the fragrance industry, the top shelf magazines to which they have access, social media sites. It is morally reprehensible that we seem to tolerate the destruction of a child's innocence at so young an age. Anyone who destroys or abuses a child is a pervert and should face the strength of the law upon them. Children should be sacred at all times and never harmed in any way.

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    4. You forgot to mention that ALL Christian churches have seriously abused children, too. And have most emphatically not held them as sacred, except only in word. They have instead sacrificed them on the altar of expediency, and compromise with the secular world.

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    5. Magna, 13.56: in response to my 13.14 contribution: I accept that the Church as an institution has not lived its moral responsibilities in protecting children. I find abuse by any cleric to be the most reprehensible. I believe too that society must also protect the innocence of children. They are exposed to too much sexualusation at an early age.

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    6. One of the most important tenets of Child Protection is thst the adult must take complete responsibility for the behaviour of the relationship between him/herself and the young person under 18yrs. Even if a misguided teenager attempts to act inappropriately, the adult must always keep things correct and be especially careful to ensure that young person is treated with the greatest respect possible and keep his/her professional distance while still carrying out his/her role in a friendly manner. So the so-called entrapment simply should NOT work. It is always wrong to blame the child (ie person who is under 18yrs.. a minor)

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    7. If "entrapment" works, the adult id completely to blame.
      . Learn that and you won't go far wrong.

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  11. 11.31 A 14 or 15 year old is a mass of raging hormones and too young to really consent. It is up to responsible adults to protect them from themselves. At 30 he should have known better.

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    1. But some boast later in life about their behaviour as 14-15 yos.

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    2. Mass of raging hormones? In some, perhaps. But in others, not til years later. Not all teenagers reach puberty so early.

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    3. @ 11.55
      This is correct. Well said!
      Boasting later (@ 13.09)shows that mental maturity and awareness are still a long way off unfortunately.

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    4. I guess many adults remains teenagers at heart. It does undercut the melodramatic talk of their lives being destroyed.

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    5. Abuse destroys lives certainly. It is always wrong.

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  12. Gentlemen and others. Whether we like it or not. Technology is here to stay. The likes of Grindr and other apps are available to anyone who wishes to use them. Leigh is a predator and thankfully he was caught. The availability and or otherwise of smart phone apps merely gives these deviants access and in turn they expose themselves, (no pun intended) only to be caught doing their disgusting deed. My heart goes out to the family of Leigh. God knows they didn't intend to rare a deviant son. They can be blameless. - "I am not my brothers keeper."- I believe we have only witnessed the tip of the iceberg.

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    1. Does your heart go out to Leigh as well? If it isn't, then what is driving you here isn't Christ's spirit.

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    2. I feel pity for Leigh. But, my heart cannot "go out to him" MC.

      Leigh and his ilk utterly repulse every fibre of my being.

      Christ spoke about millstones being tied of the necks of such as Leigh.

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    3. Gentlemen and others.
      Asa woman reading and posting here daily, I’m anything but impressed by your chauvinist post.

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    4. Christ said also that he came to seek out sinners (outcasts like Leigh), not the righteous.

      And, as the good shepherd in the parable, he endlessly seeks the lost sheep until it is found.

      Be careful of understanding literally Jesus' remark about millstones. The institutional Roman Catholic Church, through its tribunals of the Papal Inquisition, once employed this type of execution to despatch so-called 'heretics' and 'apostates'. It happened in Venice, to a young man bound and seated on a plank between two boats which were then rowed some way out into the Adriatic Sea. The boats rowed apart there, and the young man sank like a stone. It was cruel, and it was murder. And it was done in Christ's name.

      Doesn't the prophet Isaiah have God say: 'Though your sins are like Scarlet, I will make them as white as snow.'? This is the mercy of God, and it is beyond our understanding. But it comes with a warning nevertheless: 'Be merciful as your heavenly Father is merciful', for if we aren't, then we will not receive mercy either.

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    5. Magna, 15.26: If you believe in mercy and believe no one should be excluded from the ambit of God's mercy, explain to me the constant hate filled, vile and nasty comments you make against clerics and the Church! So frequently you are apoplectic with your hateful language, dismissing everyone with cynicism, uncharity and contempt. You contradict yoursef - knowingly, I'm sure....."Be merciful as your heavenly Father is merciful ..", for, as you say, if we aren't, then we will not receive mercy either. You should write these words large for your own good. Obviously you make a conscious decision not to receive mercy as your words rarely match your supposed Christian beliefs - if they exist at all!!

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    6. 16:39, learn to differentiate between my words and my conduct.

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    7. MC blue at 15:26, your attempts at sermonising make ROFL.

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    8. MC Blue at 17:39 - hollow and vacuous words. “By their fruits shall you known them” (Jesus). If your conduct and words don’t match - your words are worthless. So keep them.

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    9. 17.39. Magna, very difficult to differentiate between your words and conduct. You are a contradiction. Totally - and a silly, pitiable fool.

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    10. Maggie, Maggie, Maggie at 15.26 and 17 39: Stop digging deeper holes for yourself. Own the truth that YOU GET IT VERY WRONG all too often in the application of self criticism or awareness of your flawed insights- you are just a heap of contradictions. Listen to the wisdom of other contributors. Then you might deserve respect.

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  13. Pray for all children at risk from adults. Pray for those adults and for their families.

    No one must be excluded from the ambit of mercy and compassion, for one excludes God himself by doing so.

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    1. Your talking of “prayer” and “mercy and compassion”, Magna Carta blue are impossible to hear on account of your own odiousness and puffed up pride. Take the plank out of your own eye before you attempt to pontificate, on any matter, to others.

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    2. Can you address the post not the poster 14.24.

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    3. You aren't hearing me, but Christ himself. For these are his words, not mine.

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    4. The words of Christ are lost, Magna, from your hypocrisy-encrusted lips.

      In any case, we are able to hear His Words from His own lips. We don’t require your sanctimonious, self righteous, pompous pontificating.

      Take the plank out of your own eye.

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  14. Pedophile hunters are a hateful and hate-filled breed, and they hang out at the Daily Mail... and here. Wake up lads and smell the dynamic of what you are at.

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    1. @ 13:16 thanks be to almighty God for paedophile hunters. If it were not for them Leigh would have probably fooled his bishop, or the bishop would have been to weak to take action, and the church would have had yet another scandal to deal with. And what is worse - more destroyed victims.

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    2. 13:16 - don't worry, people have well and truly woken up and "smelt" what is now a major "dynamic" of the current seminarian corpus.

      The Mafia is certainly in defence mode today.

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    3. I'm glad he was caught.

      Pat, did you know that until 2013 the age of consent in Vatican city was 12? https://www.theatlantic.com/daily-dish/archive/2010/02/red-hot-catholic-love-at-twelve-years-old/190085/

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    4. It was an old forgotten law which had never been challenged until then I suppose...

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    5. The French are only now debating whether to have an age of consent, and have not decided whether to make it 12 or 13.

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  15. Peter Tatchell campaigns, wrongly in my view, for the age on consent to be lowered to 14. http://www.lbc.co.uk/radio/presenters/lucy-beresford/peter-tatchell-time-to-lower-age-of-consent/

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    1. I listened to this and it makes perfect sense. Tatchell is very concerned about listening to adolescents (80% of whom think the age of consent should be brought down), not criminalizing their sexual lives, giving them proper sex education, and arming them against abuse.

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    2. Tachell is very concerned about getting his hands on adolescent children with the law on his side. That's what he has been working on for years.

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    3. Tatchell has had a pro-paedophile agenda for years. He wants the age of consent lowered so that he can corrupt young teenagers without facing abuse charges. He fools only a few gullible people.

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  16. Isn’t it astonishing that a seminarian, no doubt having been screened and made aware of the consequences of sexual abuse of minors, Safeguarding, child protection, vulnerable adults, etc., would still choose to behave in this way?

    Even the danger of getting caught, even the presence of blogs like this and being discovered, it’s still not enough to deter these men from seeking their prey.

    Let Leigh be a cautionary tale for the Grindr seminarians and clergy in London, Dublin, Manchester, Derry, Birmingham, Belfast, Rome, etc. Thankfully Leigh was caught before he did any harm to a real 14 year old. Thankfully, the Church won’t be lumbered with another deviant “priest”!

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  17. Consent for what?...?????
    Are you saying that if it was lowered , it would be ok for trainee clergy to go out on the prowl?????

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  18. I said he was wrong to seek a lowered age. It would give even more free reign to abusers who would target 14 year olds.

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  19. I see the secular press, which loves Francis, is looking the other way when it was revealed that Francis was a liar when he said on the flight back from Chile that no abuse victims had come forward. That would have been front page news if it happened under the previous pontificate.


    http://www.catholicherald.co.uk/news/2018/02/05/ap-despite-denial-pope-received-abuse-victims-letter/

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    1. Pope Francis is NOT a liar

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    2. He said there had been no representations yet he'd read an 8-page letter from a victim in the case?

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    3. 16:40 Nothing becomes a person less than floating. The pope must receive hundreds if letters every day. He’s not beyond making a mistake. He knows he’s not perfect and fails often. That’s why he can preach percy so convincingly.

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    4. Wonder how James Leigh is getting on in prison? The other cons don't take too kindly to nonces. Excellent pre-seminary screening there.

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    5. 22:21, how do you know that Pope Francis didn't lie about receiving that letter from abuse victim/survivor, Cruz. Francis DID receive the letter, personally handed to him by Cardinal Sean O'Malley; O'Malley has confirmed this.

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    6. Of course Francis lied. He said there was no evidence and that it was calumny to suggest otherwise. Even the liberal Commonweal says he should be held to account. I don't think he will be, because the story has been spiked by the secular media.

      https://www.commonwealmagazine.org/time-judge

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    7. 22:47, the letter was handed personally to Francis by Cardinal O'Malley, who in turn had received it from members of the Pontififical Commission for the Protection of Minors, so it wasn't like the hundreds of letters that arrive daily in the Vatican post office.

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  20. Peter Tatchell has very little interest in Child Protection.. Very poor judgement indeed.

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  21. Old and Reckless6 February 2018 at 19:02

    Perverts like this are in every walk of life look at google Kieran Creaven.

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