A MARRIED reverend has been banned from practising for life after cheating on his wife with a parishioner.
Martin Baldock, 68, admitted the fling and failing to protect a vulnerable adult — believed to be the same person.
The dad of three, vicar at St Edward the Confessor Church in Dringhouses, York, from 2000 to 2017, faced a year-long investigation by bishops.
Bishop of Selby, the Rt Revd Dr John Thomson, said: “Many members of the church and community trusted him.”
One former parishioner added: “To say there was shock in the church is an understatement.
“As far as we knew he had a very happy marriage. No one had any inkling.”
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Mr Baldock, married to Sue, was banned by the Church of England’s Clergy Discipline Measure.
He is retired and living in the Midlands.
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