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Priest charged with child porn offences; ALLEGATIONS INVOLVE PICTURES CREATED ON COMPUTERS.

Byline: JENNY MACKENZIE

A WARWICKSHIRE priest has been charged with offences involving computer porn following an inquiry which started three months ago.

Father Steven Mellor, formerly of Our Lady of the Angels Church, in Coton Road, has been charged with nine allegations of making indecent, computer-generated images of children.

In January, a police investigation was launched by Warwickshire officers after Catholic priest, Father Mellor, aged 46, went on sick leave from his parish.

Father Mellor is a former member of the Church of England but was ordained as a priest on January 27, 1996.

He served in Solihull from 1996 to 1997 before moving to Our Lady of the Angels church.

He formerly lived in Nuneaton, but is now living in Leek, Staffordshire.

He was charged at Newcastle-under-Lyme police station, on Thursday, April 18.

Officers from Warwickshire Police child protection unit travelled to the police station to make the charges.

Father Mellor will appear at Nuneaton Magistrates Court, in Church Road, on Thursday.

Father Mellor served as the parish priest in Nuneaton until January.

The Most Reverend Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Birmingham, said: "I am distressed at the charges brought against Father Steven Mellor.

"Many who know his good work as a priest will be similarly upset.

"I offer my prayers and support to the parishioners of Our Lady of the Angels parish, Nuneaton, and I ask them to keep Father Steven in their prayers."

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