2021-09-29 14:40:17 UTC
In 2009, Dom David Pearce, a monk of Ealing Abbey and former headmaster of the
junior department of its associated school, St Benedict's, was sentenced to
eight years in prison for sexually abusing boys. In April 2006, civil
damages were awarded jointly against Pearce in relation to an alleged assault
by Pearce on a pupil while teaching at the school in the 1990s, although criminal
charges were dropped.
In October 2017, Andrew Soper (known as Father Laurence), former abbot of Ealing
Abbey, was found guilty on 19 sexual offences against pupils of St Benedict's
school in the 1970s and 1980s.