Clergy Discipline Measure Penalties

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Penalties issued in the Diocese of Exeter under the Clergy Discipline Measure will be available to view here for five years from the time of the penalty.

Reverend Dave Appleby

Rev’d Appleby accepted a CDM penalty of three year’s prohibition from the office of Holy Orders for Conduct Unbecoming or Inappropriate to the Office and Work of a Clerk in Holy Orders. This was for not observing appropriate professional pastoral boundaries in the context of a personal relationship. The prohibition began on 1 June 2021.

Reverend Andrew Overton

Rev’d Overton accepted a CDM penalty of five year’s suspension from the office of Holy Orders for Conduct Unbecoming or Inappropriate to the Office and Work of a Clerk in Holy Orders. This was for the possession of a Class A controlled substance contrary to the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971. The suspension began on 3 May 2018.

Reverend Frederick George Denman

Rev’d Denman accepted a penalty by consent of resignation and two years’ prohibition from ministry imposed by the Bishop of Exeter taking effect on 31st July 2017, following a formal Complaint under the Clergy Discipline Measure. The misconduct involved the use of a sex chat line and was of a nature incompatible with the behaviour expected of a priest in the Church of England. Rev’d Denman does not hold any permission to officiate in the Diocese of Exeter.

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