Andrew "Andrzej" Baron
2020-06-29 20:14:19 UTC
In April 2006, civil damages were awarded jointly against Dom David Pearce, a former
head of the junior school at St Benedict's School, Ealing, and Ealing Abbey in the
High Court in relation to an alleged assault by Dom Pearce on a pupil while teaching
at the school in the 1990s, although criminal charges were dropped. He was
subsequently charged in November 2008 with 24 counts of indecent assault, sexual
touching and gross indecency with six boys aged under 16. The counts related to
incidents before and after 2003, when the law was changed to create an offence of
sexual touching. After admitting his guilt at Isleworth Crown Court to
offences going back to 1972, Pearce was jailed for eight years in October 2009.
The conduct of the Ealing monastic community, as trustee of the St. Benedict's
Trust, was examined by the Charity Commission, which found that it had failed to
take adequate measures to protect beneficiaries of the charity from Dom Pearce.
In 2011 there was an allegation of cover-up involving Ealing Abbey and abuse towards
a female pupil at St Gregory's Roman Catholic Primary School, a state school in
Woodfield Rd, Ealing, with links to the abbey. The abuse is alleged to have
occurred in the 1970s.
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.