He wasn’t a Vicar at the time - he used to be a Vicar but had retired.
“JPs heard Jeffs committed the sex act while working as a pastoral manager at Christian faith-based group, Parents Talking Asperger’s.
The court heard he was in his office at The Baptist Centre in Middleton Cheney in September 2020 when he was seen by an eyewitness.
That witness walked past his office and said they saw Jeffs wearing nothing but a pair of ladies’ stockings.
The court heard he was ‘standing between two dark chairs, thrusting into a Henry Hoover’.
Jeffs, who has an otherwise clean record, was given an 18-month community order. He must sign on as a sex offender.
He was also ordered to pay £845 in court costs and £200 in compensation to the victim who witnessed the sex act.
In mitigation, Jeffs was said to still be coming to terms with the loss of his wife at a young age and was in ‘a lot of pain’ because he was ignoring his health and his diabetes was not medicated.
The magistrate said: “Why you thought it best to bring this matter to trial, I have no idea.”
If I had been the witness walking past his office door, I think I would have averted my eyes and walked quickly past!
I wouldn’t have stayed long enough to need £200 Compensation for what I witnessed!
I may have reported the incident to whoever was in charge of the organisation but I don’t think I would have reported it to the police.
I think his sentence was a bit harsh - even the Magistrate thought it shouldn’t have ended up in Court.
If I’d been employing him, either as a Volunteer or in paid employment, I would have offered him the choice of resigning or facing a disciplinary hearing - it was very inappropriate to be acting out his fantasies in the office of a public building, where he knew people would be turning up to attend a meeting.