Archive for December, 2017
December 25, 2017
Ralph Gordon Stair – child rapist, kidnapper and buglar
A 16-year-old teen is being hailed as brave after detailing her account of being raped by a South Carolina religious leader, leading to other women coming forward and him being arrested.
Natosha Lehr described in a since-deleted, heartbreaking YouTube video about she was being forced to attend the church of Pastor Ralph Gordon Stair.
She claimed was sexually assaulted by Stair while working at his compound for five months.
Stair, also known as Brother RG Stair, was arrested by Colleton County sheriff’s deputies on Monday morning on charges including criminal sexual conduct, kidnapping, burglary and assault, reported The Post and Courier.
Stair, a radio evangelist who leads the Overcomer Ministry in Walterboro, has gained notoriety for his preachings, which are broadcast to radio stations around the world.
Natosha Lehr, 16, described in a YouTube video how she was assaulted numerous times by Pastor Ralph Gordon Stair, 84 , who runs the Overcomer Ministry in Walterboro, South Carolina. Stair was arrested on Monday on charges including criminal sexual conduct, kidnapping, burglary and assault
Several women have since accused Stair of sexual assault. In one YouTube video, Stair cups and pats the breast of a 12-year-old girl as members of his church watched
Several women have since accused Stair of sexual assault. In one YouTube video, Stair cups and pats the breast of a 12-year-old girl as members of his church watched.
Stair’s commune sits on 130 acres of land about two miles off of Interstate-95. About 70 residents live in mobile homes or hand-built houses secluded from the road by a line of trees.
The followers give all ‘worldly goods and monies to the Lord,’ according to the ministry’s website, and accept Stair as the ‘last day prophet of God’.
Police began investigating multiple videos posted online in October that are no longer available.
The clips showed Stair inappropriately touching underage girls at his church such as in one where he cups and pats the breast of a 12-year-old girl as members of his church watched.
‘How old are you, hon?’ Stair asks the girl in the video.
When she tells him her age, he adds: ‘Twelve, getting right close to it now’, indicating she is close to the age where she could start having sex.
According to a man narrating the video, who said he is a former member of the church, that age is 13, reported The Christian Post.
Stair, a radio evangelist whose preachings are broadcast around the world, would allegedly tell the girls he touched: ‘Don’t you wanna please God? This is God’s will. If you love God, you should do this’.
After Lehr uploaded her account, several other women came forward to accuse Stair of sexual assault including mother-and-daughter Pamela and Hannah Brown
Pamela, 44, said she was able to resist Stair’s advances until an April encounter when Stair pressured her into having sex on an outdoor path near the cafeteria. Meanwhile, Hannah, 19, said Stair groped her repeatedly over several years
In the other video, Lehr accused Stair of sexually assaulting her over the course of five months this year.
While Lehr accused the preacher of touching her butt, and lifting her shirt to touch her breasts, she said it wasn’t until the fifth month that Stair took his predatory behavior even further.
‘The fifth month, he asked me to go to the radio room and I didn’t want to go there. I did not,’ she says in the video.
Lehr says Stair began fondling her breast asking her: ‘Do you feel good?’ and then began rubbing her vagina.
The teen told her mother about the incidents but the alleged sexual assaults continued. Lehr confided in her 21-year-old sister, who lives out of state and encouraged her to contact authorities, reported The Post and Courier.
Lehr has since moved to Pennsylvania with relatives and said she was happy to hear about the arrest.
‘Everybody’s happy now,’ she told the newspaper. ‘I hope the whole compound actually shuts down.’
Ohio Catholic priest under investigation for ‘excessive’ inappropriate texting of a minor and misusing church funds kills himself
December 20, 2017
How often does a priest have to send inappropriate texts to a minor before it is ‘excessive’?
The answer, for those of you too stupid to know, is ‘once’.
A Catholic priest in Ohio under investigation for ‘questionable’ communications with a minor and misuse of church funds killed himself Wednesday. Good.
The Catholic Diocese of Columbus said in a statement Thursday that Reverend James Csaszar killed himself while visiting Chicago.
Csaszar was pastor of the Church of the Resurrection in the Columbus suburb of New Albany.
The diocese’s statement says Csaszar was placed on administrative leave November 7 when officials learned of ‘excessive and questionable’ text and phone communications with a minor.
It’s not clear the age of the minor or if they were male or female.
December 19. 2017
VATICAN CITY—Telling reporters that the former Boston archbishop had met the requirements for sainthood, the Roman Catholic Church announced Wednesday that Cardinal Bernard Law would be posthumously canonized following the miracle of escaping criminal prosecution.
“After a thorough investigation by the Congregation for Cause of Saints, we have determined that the Cardinal’s evasion of culpability was so extraordinary as to represent an intercession of God’s will into earthly affairs,” said Vatican spokesman Greg Burke, noting that Law had demonstrated the required heroic virtues of faith and charity through decades of effort working to save pedophile priests’ careers and reputations.
“The Blessed led a life of such obvious merit that Pope Francis has opted to waive the traditional five-year waiting period, and will immediately inscribe his name in the Canon of Saints.” Burke went on to say that the requirement for a second miracle had been met by Law’s inexplicable and uncontested ascension through the upper echelons of the Catholic Church.
Thanks to theonion.com for this article.
When they said he was going to be canonized we thought and hoped that it meant… well, never mind.
Laura Lloyd-Jenkins facilitated child sex trafficking
Cordell Jenkins, child rapist and trafficker
The wife of one of three Ohio pastors accused of child sex trafficking has been indicted on federal charges accusing her of interfering in her husband’s investigation.
U.S. District Court records show 43-year-old Laura Lloyd-Jenkins was arrested Friday in Toledo on such charges as obstructing a sex trafficking investigation and making a false statement.
She pleaded not guilty and was ordered held pending a detention hearing. Her attorney declined to comment after the arraignment.
Lucas County commissioners recently fired Lloyd-Jenkins from her job as a county administrator in Ohio.
Laura Lloyd-Jenkins, the wife of one of three Ohio pastors accused of child sex trafficking, has been indicted on federal charges accusing her of interfering in her husband’s investigation
She is married to Cordell Jenkins.
Lucas County commissioners recently fired Lloyd-Jenkins (above with her husband) from her job as a county administrator in Ohio
The Abundant Life Ministries church in Toledo was founded by Jenkins seven years ago, but closed after his arrest.
Her 47-year-old husband, Cordell Jenkins, pleaded not guilty to charges alleging he, 38-year-old Anthony Haynes and 37-year-old Kenneth Butler conspired to recruit teen girls to have sex with them and shared photos and videos of the girls.
There were at least three victims mentioned in the indictment, the youngest being 14.
Haynes and Jenkins were arrested in April while Butler, who most recently ran a small church where his wife was the co-pastor, was arrested in October.
It’s not surprising if the three men were acting together, said Celia Williamson, director of the University of Toledo’s Human Trafficking and Social Justice Institute.
‘It says to me what we already knew, that sex trafficking is a business,’ she said. ‘Of course they worked together. That’s how it thrives.’
Jenkins pleaded not guilty to charges alleging he, 38-year-old Anthony Haynes (right) and 37-year-old Kenneth Butler (left) conspired to recruit teen girls to have sex with them and shared photos and videos of the girls. Each of the men could be sentenced to life in prison if convicted
Prosecutors say Haynes first began pursuing and grooming a 14-year-old girl in 2014 and that he gave her money for sex. He also warned her not to say anything because it would ruin his family and his church, according to court documents.
Haynes later introduced the girl to Jenkins and shared pornographic photos and videos that he had recorded, prosecutors said.
Jenkins, who followed in his father’s footsteps by becoming a preacher in 1994, founded Abundant Life Ministries in Toledo seven years ago. The church closed after his arrest.
He began having sex with the girl supplied by Haynes in December, and later with another underage girl, an FBI agent testified. One of those girls attended his church, the agent said.
Jenkins is accused of having sex with a teen girl supplied by Haynes and then later with another underage girl. One of the girls attended his church, an FBI agent testified. He allegedly had sex with the girls at his home, church office and a motel.
Jenkins is accused of having sex with a teen girl supplied by Haynes and then later with another underage girl. One of the girls attended his church, an FBI agent testified. He allegedly had sex with the girls at his home, church office and a motel.
Jenkins, the agent testified, had sex with the girls at his home, church office and a motel. He often recorded the acts with his phone, according to court documents.
The same agent said that a third girl was 15 when she met Butler at Haynes’ church.
Butler stared giving the girl rides to work and tried to touch her and convince her to have sex, she told investigators. They later had sex twice, she said according to a court document.
The FBI agent said Butler admitted having sex with the girl and knowing she was underage, but he denied giving her money for sex.
If Laura is found guilty, she could face a maximum of 28 years in jail. She will have a detention hearing Thursday December 21.
Catholic Church Singled Out In Australian Sex Abuse Report
“It is not a case of a few ‘rotten apples.’ Society’s major institutions have seriously failed.”
In a far-reaching report on child sex abuse in Australia, a government commission is recommending that the country’s Catholic Church lift its celibacy requirement for diocesan clergy and be required to report evidence of abuse revealed in confession.
Those are among the 400 recommendations contained in the 17-volume final report of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sex Abuse, which is wrapping up a five-year investigation – the longest in Australia’s history.
“We have concluded that there were catastrophic failures of leadership of Catholic Church authorities over many decades,” the report said.
The Australian reports: “More than 15,000 people contacted the commission to share their experiences of abuse, more than 8,000 of them spoke personally with the commissioner about the trauma it caused, and approximately 2,500 cases have now been referred to police.”
The commission said the church failed to properly address allegations and concerns of victims, calling the Church’s response to them “remarkably and disturbingly similar.”
The report also detailed abuse in churches of other denominations and at such institutions as schools and sports clubs. However, it concluded that the greatest number of alleged abuse perpetrators were found in Catholic institutions. The commission has concluded that 7 percent of priests who worked in Australia between 1950 and 2009 had been accused of child sex abuse.
Among the report’s recommendations:
— A national strategy to prevent child abuse, with a national office of child safety.
— Making failure to protect a child from risk of abuse within an institution a criminal offense on the state and territory level.
— Implementing preventative training for children in schools and early childhood center.
— A requirement that candidates for religious ministry undergo external psychological testing.
— Any person in a religious ministry subject to a substantiated child sex abuse complaint should be permanently removed from the ministry.
Currently, Australian law exempts confessional evidence from the rules that apply to other kinds of evidence in court, according to The National Catholic Register.
“We recommend that canon law be amended so that the ‘pontifical secret’ does not apply to any aspect of allegations or canonical disciplinary processes relating to child sexual abuse,” the report said.
It said that “Religious ministers, out-of-home care workers, childcare workers, registered psychologists and school [counselors] should be brought into line with police, doctors and nurses who are all obliged by law to report sexual abuse,” according to The Sydney Morning Herald reports.
“Without a legal obligation to tell police about abuses, many staff and volunteers failed to let anyone outside the institution know, the commission found,” the Herald reported.
The commission called for the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference to ask the Vatican to introduce voluntary celibacy for clergy. The commission found that clerical celibacy was not a direct cause of abuse, but that it increased the risk of abuse when celibate male clergy had privileged access to children.
In an official statement, Archbishop Denis Hart of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference, apologized for past abuse, calling it a “shameful past” and said the commission’s report “will be taken very seriously.”
However, speaking to reporters later, Hart said the commission’s report “hasn’t damaged the credibility of the church” and called the recommendations on the confessional “a distraction.”
“The seal of the confessional, or the relationship with God that’s carried through the priest and with the person, is inviolable. It can’t be broken,” Hart told reporters.
“I think everyone understands that this Catholic and orthodox practice of confession is always confidential,” he said.
Hart also pushed back on the subject of celibacy: “We know very well that institutions who have celibate clergy and institutions that don’t have celibate clergy both face these problems. We know very well that this happens in families that are certainly not observing celibacy.”
The commission’s findings follow numerous allegations of sex abuse by Catholic priests in Australia in recent years. In June, Police in Victoria charged Cardinal George Pell, now a high-ranking Vatican official, with sex abuse dating to his time as a priest in Australia in the 1970s and 80s. Pell has denied the allegations.
The report concluded: “Tens of thousands of children have been sexually abused in many Australian institutions. We will never know the true number.” the report concluded.
“It is not a case of a few ‘rotten apples.’ Society’s major institutions have seriously failed,” it said.
December 16. 2017
Fernando Maldonado, child rapist
Concord resident, was found guilty of 23 counts of child sexual abuse. He fled to Mexico before he could be taken into custody, prosecutors said.
Fernando Maldonado, a 32-year-old Concord resident, was found guilty of 23 counts of child sexual abuse. He fled to Mexico before he could be taken into custody, prosecutors said.
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A Contra Costa County jury convicted a Martinez pastor of 23 counts of child sexual abuse days after he failed to show up at his trial and apparently fled to Mexico with his wife and children — jumping $1.29 million in bail secured by relatives, prosecutors said Thursday.
Fernando Maldonado, 37, faces up to 34 years in state prison for crimes ranging from committing lewd acts upon a child to unlawful sexual intercourse and sodomy of a person under the age of 18.
A jury convicted him on all charges Wednesday after deliberating for 2½ hours. But the defendant was not present when the panel announced its decision.
A bench warrant was issued for him when he failed to show up for his trial on Monday. Maldonado was last spotted driving south on Interstate 5 near San Diego on Sunday, said Jordan Sanders, a Contra Costa County deputy district attorney.
“Based on this information, I am comfortable assuming he is driving to Mexico with his wife and children,” Sanders said.
Shortly after his arrest in April 2016, Maldonado was released on $1.29 million bail secured by six relatives who put up to their properties as collateral.
Prosecutors said Maldonado had a sexual relationship between 2012 and 2016 with a young girl, beginning when she was 13 years old and while he was a minister at Morello Baptist Church in Martinez. The victim, whose name was not released, was a church parishioner, said Sanders.
Their relationship continued until the victim ended it in December 2014 when she was about 16 years old, Sanders said.
December 8. 2017
The seat of the Roman Catholic Church in New York says it has paid roughly $40 million in compensation to victims of sexual abuse.
In a press release posted on the archdiocese’s website Thursday, media liaisons Joseph Zwilling and Mercedes Lopez Blanco said the payments were made to 189 abuse survivors.
The payments mark the end of a reconciliation program to evaluate claims by alleged abuse victims. In 2016, the New York Catholic Church launched its Independent Reconciliation and Compensation Program to assess abuse claims by more than 200 people who said they’d been victimized by members of the archdiocese’s clergy.
The cases involved roughly 40 priests, The New York Times reported last year. Zwilling told HuffPost the archdiocese will not be releasing the names of the clergy members involved in the claims.
The program was headed up by Kenneth Feinberg, a lawyer who also mediated in the compensation fund for victims of the Sept. 11 attacks. In administering the archdiocese’s reconciliation program, Feinberg and his colleague, Camille Biros, “were given total independence to evaluate claims and determine compensation,” the release said.
Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the archbishop of New York, said at the time of the program’s creation that he hoped it would “help bring a measure of peace and healing to those who have suffered abuse by a member of the clergy of this archdiocese.”
The program concluded on Nov. 30, with several additional claims still pending.
The archdiocese took out a short-term loan in order to make the immediate payments and plans to take out a long-term loan to repay the total cost of the compensation, Zwilling told HuffPost.
New York has one of the strictest statutes of limitations for child molestation victims in the country. And the New York archdiocese has lobbied against a bill, called the Child Victims Act, that would make it easier for victims of long-past abuse to come forward.
Some victims’ rights advocates criticized the church’s reconciliation program, claiming the archdiocese was establishing it to avoid litigation and appease victims. Anne Barrett Doyle, who co-directs a watchdog group that documents Catholic Church abuse cases, called the program “a shrewd strategy” on the part of the archdiocese.
Like many of the nation’s dioceses, the New York Catholic Church has grappled with the clergy sexual abuse crisis for over a decade, though many of the cases date back much longer than that. In some instances, priests who were accused of abusing children in the 1970s and ’80s continued working in the archdiocese well into the 2000s.
December 7, 2017
A Roman Catholic priest who sexually abused children at an abbey school which became one of Britain’s most notorious dens of paedophilia is set to die behind bars.
Andrew Soper, 74, raped and groped pupils at St Benedict’s School in Ealing in the 1970s and 80s and used £182,000 from his Vatican bank account to flee to Albania when victims came forward decades later.
Former headmaster father David Pearce and former maths teacher John Maestri had been jailed for abusing children at the £12,000-a-year private school.
Soper flew to the UK to be interviewed by police about the claims in July 2004, June 2009 and September 2010, and was allowed to return to Rome, Italy, on police bail until 11 March 2011.
Andrew Soper has been found guilty of a catalogue of sex offences +6
Soper, pictured, is a former headteacher at St Benedict’s Catholic School in Ealing +6
Andrew Soper, left and right, has been found guilty of a catalogue of sex offences against young boys at the Catholic school he is a former headteacher at
Seven days before Soper was due to attend a police station in the UK, he flew to Kosovo, Albania, with Euro 204,000 withdrawn from his Vatican bank account.
Today Soper was found guilty of two counts of sexual assault, one count of indecency with a child, 10 counts of indecent assault on boys under 16 and six counts of indecent assault on boys under 18 following an Old Bailey trial.
He showed no emotion as the jury convicted him of each charge by a majority of 10-to-two after deliberating for 14 hours.
Judge Anthony Bate is expected to adjourn sentence until a later date.
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Soper, himself a former headmaster, got a sexual thrill from caning young boys and ‘cunningly’ used corporal punishment as an excuse to pull down their trousers and act on his perverted desires.
The ‘manipulative’, ‘perverted’ and ‘sadistic’ former monk – also known as Father Lawrence Soper – pulled up his robes to rape one 12-year-old pupil over a desk in his office and warned the boy he could be expelled if he ever told his parents.
His ten victims, who have been plagued by mental health problems after he abused them between September 1972 and July 1983, were initially afraid to speak out because their families viewed Catholic priests with ‘deep respect’.
They came forward after Soper resigned as abbot and went to live at the Benedictine headquarters at Collegio Sant’Anselmo in Rome in 2000.
He was highly regarded as a religious scholar in the Vatican and his views on the catholic church were widely sought.
One victim had described how he had a mental breakdown when police told him there was insufficient evidence to pursue his claims after interviews in 2004 and 2007.
Soper was described as ‘sadistic, perverted and manipulative’ monk who ‘got a sexual thrill from caning young boys’. +6
The priest will be sentenced at a later date +6
Soper, left and right, was described as ‘sadistic, perverted and manipulative’ monk who ‘got a sexual thrill from caning young boys’. He will be sentenced at a later date
The abuse took place between September 1972 and July 1983 while Soper was headmaster at St Benedict’s School in Ealing +6
The abuse took place between September 1972 and July 1983 while Soper was headmaster at St Benedict’s School in Ealing
The man recalled Soper performing oral sex on him and trying to kiss him while he was asleep on the top of a bunk-bed on a school cycling holiday.
He said he didn’t come forward earlier because ‘no one would have believed you’.
‘I would have had the s**t beaten out of me by my father because he’s a devout Catholic,’ he added.
‘Who’s going to believe a 13/14-year-old boy against a priest?
‘I’m so screwed up by it all the thought of doing a life sentence for murder didn’t bother me.
‘I would just sit and rot in a prison cell and not give a s***.’
Another victim said he believed Maestri was running a paedophile ring at the school.
‘When I speak of a paedophile ring, [I say] that there were school masters, lay or clerical, who were or have been convicted of the sexual abuse of children,’ he explained.
‘Therefore it’s reasonable to believe that something like a paedophile ring was operating at St Benedict’s school.
‘I believe that the Benedictine Order should answer for the serial abuse that has gone on in its educational establishments for the last few decades.’
The conviction comes a year after the school’s former deputy head Peter Allott, pictured, was jailed after ‘getting hooked on child pornography’ +6
The conviction comes a year after the school’s former deputy head Peter Allott, pictured, was jailed after ‘getting hooked on child pornography’
A third victim described the school environment as ‘poisonous’ and said: ‘You don’t really understand what was going on.
‘It was a horrible place to be and I think you came to the point when most people just said this is a hard part of my life and I want to get through it. It was a dictatorship.’
The court heard pupils were caned, beaten with jocari bats and forced to do severe manual labour such as moving logs until they dropped.
Soper claimed he fled to Kosovo out of ‘stupidity and cowardice’ and told jurors: ‘If you want to destroy a priest, all you have to do is make an accusation of the sort against me.’
His defence barrister Jane Humphryes, QC, suggested his accusers were bitter ‘professional victims’ and fantasists and told one he was determined to ‘squash’ St Benedict’s and become a core participant in the IICSA.
Soper has been expelled from the monastery of St Benedict of Ealing for ‘scandalous behaviour’ but is still a priest.
The child abuser, born Andrew Charles Kingston Soper, entered the monastery at Ealing Abbey and became a Benedictine Monk after a short career in banking in 1964.
He took the name Laurence when he was ordained as a priest in 1970 and became a teacher at St Benedict’s in two years later, eventually rising to become head of the Middle School from 1977-1983.
Soper also acted as the school’s bursar and took control of financial matters until 1991.
He occupied the ‘very senior position’ of Abbot of Ealing Abbey from 1991 until he resigned and moved to the Vatican in 2000.
St Benedict’s paid one former pupil £135,000 to settle a sex abuse claim against Soper out of court in 2010, while another one was paid £5,900 after launching a civil claim.
THE LEADING CATHOLIC SCHOOL WITH A ‘TERRIBLE LEGACY’
St Benedict’s reputation as one of the UK’s leading Catholic schools has been blighted by a ‘terrible legacy’ of sex abuse by paedophile priests.
Soper is one of seven senior figures either convicted or accused of preying on pupils at the £15,000-a-year private school during the last 25 years.
Former headmaster Christopher Cleugh admitted the school ‘could have, and should have, done more’ to protect victims following a damning 2011 inquiry which concluded that Ealing Abbey monks had to lose their control of the school.
TIMELINE OF ALLEGATIONS AND CONVICTIONS:
1992: The junior school’s former headmaster Father David Pearce is accused of sexually abusing a boy, but police take no further action.
2001: Former abbot Rev Dom Martin Shipperlee receives complaint about Pearce and makes police aware of it.
2003: Former middle school master John Maestri admits three counts of indecent assault against two pupils between 1980 and 1984.
2005: Maestri pleads guilty to another count of indecent assault relating to a sex attack in 1982.
2006: The High Court awards damages to one of Pearce’s victims.
2007: Rev Shipperlee allows Pearce to return to Ealing Abbey as bursar. Pearce sexually assaults a child within months.
2007: Father Stanislaus Hobbs, part of St Benedict’s middle school staff between 1969-1984, stands trial for one count of indecent assault in 1984 but is cleared by a jury.
2008: Former middle school headmaster Father Anthony Gee is accused of caning a boy on his bare buttocks but no further action is taken.
2009: Father David Pearce is charged with 22 counts of indecent assault against six boys between 1975 and 2007 – prosecutors accepted his guilty pleas to 11 of the charges.
2009: Maestri admits one count of indecent assault between 1979 and 1981.
2010: Father Gregory Chillman is accused of one indecent assault between 1975-76, but no further action was taken.
2010: Two female pupils at another school complain about Father Chillman’s ‘inappropriate’ behaviour in 2004 and he is later put on restricted ministry and barred from access to children.
2010: St Benedict’s teacher John Skelton is convicted of indecent assaults against two pupils in 1983.
2011: Pearce is charged with four counts of indecent assault against another boy between 1977 and 1978, but he was cleared following a trial.
2011: Maestri is charged with three counts of indecent assault against another former pupil but is cleared by a jury.
2011: Former headmaster Christopher Cleugh apologises for ‘terrible legacy’ of sex abuse following damning inquiry by Lord Carlile.
2011: Father Andrew Soper withdraws £182,000 from his Vatican bank account and flies to Albania while on bail for sex offences against pupils.
2016: Deputy head of St Benedict’s Peter Allott, 37, is jailed for ‘getting hooked on child pornography’ and taking part in chemsex ‘paedophile sex parties’
2017: Soper convicted of 19 sex attacks on pupils at St Benedict’s in the 1970s and 1980s following an Old Bailey trial.
Prosecutor Gillian Etherton, QC, said: ‘Whilst this trial concerns Andrew Soper, you should know that St Benedict’s School and Ealing Abbey have in the past come under critical scrutiny.
‘There have been numerous large scale inquiries into the failure of the school to protect and safeguard children in their care.
‘There have been investigations, against both monks and teachers, and this has led to a number of prosecutions.
‘It is fair to say that over a number of decades, the 1960s to 1990s, both violence and sexual abuse by the adults in charge against the young pupils was prevalent at the school.’
One victim claimed the Benedictine order which ran the school was responsible for covering up a ring of abuse involving many teachers and pupils who were too ashamed to come forward.
Comic Julian Clary, who won a scholarship to St Benedict’s in the 1970s, described Pearce ‘touring all the school toilets in the hope of finding who knows what’.
He says he was never personally sexually abused, but is expected to give evidence about the school at the upcoming independent inquiry into child sexual abuse (IICSA).
A 2011 inquiry led by Lord Alexander Carlile said Ealing Abbey monks must lose control of St Benedict’s, prompting the school’s then headmaster Christopher Cleugh to apologise for its ‘terrible legacy’ of sexual abuse.
Pearce, a twisted pervert described as a ‘devil in a dog collar’, was jailed for eight years in 2009 after pleading guilty to a 10 indecent assaults and one sexual assault on five boys at the school between 1972 and 2008.
Maestri, previously St Benedict’s ‘master of discipline’, was jailed for 30 months in 2003 after pleading guilty to three counts of indecently assaulting schoolboys under 16 between 1980 and 1984.
The sex offender was let off with a community order two years later after admitting indecently assaulting another boy under 14 between 1982 and 1983.
Maestri was spared jail again and given a two-year sentence suspended for two years for indecently assaulting a boy under 14 when another victim emerged in 2009.
Last year ‘respected’ former deputy head Peter Allott was jailed for 33 months after it was revealed he spent £600 a week on Class A drugs and attended chemsex child porn parties with paedophiles he met on Grindr.
The depraved teacher pleaded guilty to three counts of making indecent photos of children, one count of possessing extreme pornography, one count of sharing indecent photos of children and one of possessing a Class A substance at Blackfriars Crown Court.