A vicar admitted to exposing herself to a five-year-old girl by rolling a pen across her private parts while she watched and requesting another to press her nipples ‘hard,’ but denied any sexual intent, according to a court hearing today.
Reverend Veronica Green, 58, of Marbury, Tushingham and Whitewell in Cheshire, is charged with five counts of indecency with a minor and one act of indecent assault in connection with alleged prior occurrences involving two girls aged five to eleven.
They are said to have happened while Green was a teenager growing up in North Staffordshire and she was babysitting them.
Green admitted that several occurrences occurred on the third day of her trial at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court, but maintained they were not sexual in nature and that she was unaware at the time that they were illegal.
‘I never presumed what had happened was wrong until I became an adult,’ Green, who denies the charges, told the jurors. I never did anything with the purpose of hurting or harming the girls, as I stated.
When I think back on the process of my transformation, these were things that happened really organically.
‘Neither the girls nor I believed anything was wrong. That’s how it seemed to me till I was in my late twenties. I never thought of what we did as being particularly serious.
Green was suspended by the Diocese of Chester in January 2020 after the allegations were reported to the police.
Green recalled how on one occasion, when she was aged 13 and baby-sitting the five-year old girl, she exposed her breasts and crotch to her after taking a bath.