Plea hearing adjourned for Catholic priest Father Patrick Smythe accused of historic sex offences against boys in Leeds

A Catholic priest charged with committing sex offences against boys dating back more than 40 years had his plea hearing at Leeds Crown Court adjourned today.

Thursday, 18th February 2021, 4:45 pm

Father Patrick Smythe is accused of four counts of indecent assault against four different boys under the age of 16 between 1978 and 1983.

The 77-year-old, a priest with the Diocese of Leeds, was due to enter pleas to the charges when he appeared before the court this morning (February 18).

The case was adjourned for almost two months following an application by the prosecution and Symthe's barrister, Susannah Proctor.

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Father Patrick Smythe, pictured outside Leeds Magistrates' Court earlier this year, is accused of historic sex offences against boys in Leeds

A provisional trial date has been fixed for February 28, 2022.

The first offence is alleged to have taken place in Leeds between May 1978 and May 1981.

The second offence is alleged to have taken place in Leeds between May 1979 and May 1981.

A third offence is alleged to have been committed in Skipton between February 1982 and February 1983.

Offence number four is also alleged to have been committed in Skipton between July 1981 and July 1982.

Smythe, of Manor Square, Otley, entered not guilty pleas when he appeared before Leeds Magistrates' Court on December 16.

He was granted conditional until the next hearing on May 10.