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Retired Bishop Faces Sex Assault Prosecution
A retired Church of England bishop will be prosecuted for misconduct in public office and indecent assault.
Peter Ball, 82, formerly the Bishop of Gloucester and Lewes, is charged with offences dating back to 1977, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said.
They include the indecent assault of a boy aged 12 or 13 and the indecent assault of a man aged 19 or 20.
Jaswant Narwal, chief prosecutor for the CPS in the Southeast, said: "It is alleged that he sexually abused a number of young males between 1977 and 1992.
"The misconduct alleged is that he misused his position and authority to manipulate and prevail upon others for his own sexual gratification.
"During this time Mr Ball was serving as a Bishop in the Church of England."
In a statement, the Church of England said it has been "working closely" with police.
Ball, who resigned as Bishop of Gloucester in 1993, will appear at Brighton Magistrates' Court on April 10.