Priest from Wilmslow summoned over multiple sexual offences


A priest from Wilmslow has been summonsed to court to face multiple counts of non-recent sexual offences against former members of a church congregation in Sheffield.

The Rev Christopher Brain, who led an Evangelical movement called the Nine O'Clock Service in the city between 1986 and 1995, faces a total of 34 charges in relation to 11 victims.

The charges relate to allegations of sexual offences committed against women who had joined the movement.

Brain, now 66, of Park Road, Wilmslow, is facing one count of rape and 33 counts of indecent assault, alleged to have been committed between 1981 and 1995. He has been summonsed to attend Sheffield Magistrates' Court on 18 March.

Chief Superintendent Lindsey Butterfield, District Commander for Sheffield, said: "These charges follow a complex and wide-ranging investigation into events dating back 30 or more years.

"The police investigation was launched in 2020, when a number of victims came forward to report the allegations to us. Since this time, an investigation team has been working hard to build up a full picture of what is reported to have happened.

"We understand this is a concerning case and one which will have an impact upon individuals and communities. We will continue to provide appropriate support and updates to those involved."

A woman previously arrested in connection to the case remains under investigation.