Thursday, August 25, 2016

Fugitive former abbot appears in court over abuse allegations

A former abbot of Ealing Abbey accused of child sex abuse offences has appeared in court after returning to the UK from Kosovo following a five-year police search for him.

Fr Laurence Soper, 72, appeared at Ealing Magistrates’ Court on Monday. In court, he gave his name as Andrew Charles Kingston Soper. He is now due to appear at Isleworth Crown Court on September 19.

Fr Soper was arrested at Luton Airport on Sunday on suspicion of a series of sexual offences against five boys, one aged under 14, allegedly committed at St Benedict’s School in Ealing where he taught in the 1970s and 1980s.

A spokesman for Scotland Yard said Fr Soper was “arrested on suspicion of nine offences of sexual assault committed over a period from 1972 to 1986.”  (more...)

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