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Charles row over pervert Bishop's home.

THE mother of a trainee monk who was sexually-abused by a Bishop has slammed Prince Charles for giving refuge to the perverted priest.

Angry Mary Todd said: "This man ruined my son's life. He is pure evil, a beast, and he's hiding behind God."

Disgraced Peter Ball quit as Bishop of Gloucester after being cautioned by police for indecently assaulting 17-year-old Neil Todd.

Despite being an old friend of Prince Charles, Princess Diana banned him from visiting their Highgrove home after the 1993 sex scandal.

But now the prince has provided the bespectacled cleric with a grace- and-favour mansion on his Duchy of Cornwall estate in Somerset.

Ball, 65, who pays a small rent, confirmed this week: "He has been wonderfully kind and allowed me to have a Duchy house.

"The prince is a loyal friend. I have immense admiration for him, he has been through horrific times and is a great person."

Neil left the church after telling how Ball forced him to perform sex acts as they lay naked in bed together.

Other time he had to take ice-cold, early-morning showers while reading the Bible.

Then they stood naked side-by-side reciting psalms in front of a figure of Christ.

Ball escaped with a police caution despite statements from other young men who claimed to have suffered at his hands.

He went to ground and was believed to have moved in with his twin brother Michael, the Bishop of Truro.

Ruined

But Charles, who attended his enthronement as Bishop, offered him a "substantial" detached house with a garden near Taunton.

Last night Mary, from Nottingham, said: "This is quite unbelievable. I don't know what Prince Charles thinks he is doing.

"The man ruined my son's life and should have been locked away.

"Instead he now lives in luxury on one of the finest estates in the country.

"I don't feel Ball was ever properly punished - but the fact that the prince has given sanctuary to this pervert is staggering.

"I believe in the Royals and support what they do, but Charles needs to look at the facts before housing someone like that.

"What if it had been one of his kids? This is staggering and unreal."
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Author:Bletchly, Rachael
Publication:The People (London, England)
Date:Nov 29, 1998
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