Former Parish Reverend Stephen Hardwicke Jailed For Sexual Offence

Court jailed a former parish reverend and youth club leader for non-recent sexual offences.

Stephen Hardwicke, 63, of Church Road, Uxbridge was jailed for indecent assault against three young boys aged between 10 and 18 years old in the 1970s and 1980s.

Hardwicke was sentenced to five years’ imprisonment at Harrow Crown Court for five counts of indecent assaults against two victims under the Sexual Offences Act 1956.

The Parish reverend was a leader at a youth group attached to Standmore Baptist Church in the mid-70s and 80s.

The court found him guilty of the historic abuse on 25 November 2020 after a nine-day trial.

Detectives from Edgware child Abuse Investigation Team contacted the further victim of Hardwicke in 2017.

Hardwick was charged on suspicion of sexual assault on the 26 June 2018.

In a statement, Detective Constable Nicola Cameron said “Hardwicke took advantage of his young victims’ vulnerability, sexually abusing them on numerous occasions when the opportunities presented themselves. I would like to praise the victims’ courage in reporting what happened to them to the police.

“A crime committed over 30 years ago is still a crime. While investigations into non-recent sexual offences can be challenging, we have specially trained officers who will follow up all lines of inquiry, and seek to prosecute when the evidence will support it.”

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