Vicar spent church money to male sex workers

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Andrew Sloane had been a vicar at St Paul’s Church, in Knightsbridge, London, as his finansial manipulations were discovered. Westminster magistrates’ court heard that the vicar stole and swindled a total of £14,500 to, mildly speaking, have fun. He was rumbled when church officials investigating the disappearance of collection money found CCTV footage of Sloane taking the money, funded for the church needs. The vicar also convinced three female worshippers to provide him with emergency loans. In court he admitted the guilt of fraud and stealing money. Sloane, who has repaid all of the money, avoided a prison sentence. He was sentenced to a 12-month suspended sentence, and was ordered to pay £85 costs and a £115 victim surcharge. The prosecution found out that he used money to pay men for sex. Sloane’s lawyer argued: “These offences reflected a personal crisis in his life and all the money was repaid before the police became involved. He made a full confession to the church authorities about what had happened.”

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