A Church of England vicar who “spiritually abused” a boy has been banned from ministry for two years.
The Reverend Timothy Davis is understood to be the first priest to have been convicted of such abuse by the Bishop’s Disciplinary Tribunal.
Mr Davis, of Christ Church, Abingdon, held two-hour private prayer sessions in the teenager’s bedroom after moving in with his family in 2013.
He also told his victim his girlfriend was “evil” and a “bad seed”.
Mr Davis lived with the family, who were members of his congregation, for six months after meeting the boy during a mentoring programme.