The Bishop of Gloucester has been interviewed by police officers in connection with two allegations of indecent assault.
The Rt Revd Michael Perham attended a police station in Gloucester on Tuesday but was not arrested.
Police confirmed they had spoken to a 66 year old man over allegations of offences in 1980 and 1981 relating to a child under 18 and a women over that age.
On Friday Bishop Michael announced he was going to "step back" from his duties with immediate effect.
The Diocese of Gloucester said it was a police matter and it had no comment.
The Bishop of Tewkesbury, the Rt Revd Martyn Snow, has taken over the duties of Bishop Michael.
A Monthly Gift Of $11 Makes A World Of Difference
In a world of fake news there’s never been a greater need for quality Christian journalism. Premier’s mission is to provide the Church with the most up to date and relevant news, told from a Christian perspective. But we can’t do it without you.
Unlike many websites we haven't put up a paywall — we want to keep our journalism free at the point of need and as open as we can. Premier’s news output takes a lot of time, money and hard work to produce. No one in the USA is sharing news like we are across radio, magazines and online so please help us to continue that today.
For a monthly gift of $11 or more we’d also be able to send you a free copy of the brand new Premier Bible, a wonderful Anglicised version of the NLT packed with exclusive bonus content, reading plan and resources to help you get the most out of scripture.
Your monthly support will make a world of difference. Thank you.