Former Ampleforth College monk, 80, faces prison for abusing boys

Ex-Ampleforth College monk, 80, admits sexual abusing two young boys in new parish he was sent to by church authorities after he confessed to preying on pupil at the historic Catholic boarding school

  • Peter Turner, 80, had previously been jailed for sexual abuse in 2005
  • Turner, then called Fr Gregory Carroll, was based at Ampleforth College 
  • He as  moved from the school to a parish after admitting abusing some boys
  • He went on to abuse two other boys after being moved to a parish in Workington

A former monk at England’s leading Catholic boarding school Ampleforth College is facing prison having been convicted of sexually abusing three boys aged between nine and 12. 

Peter Turner, 80, pleaded guilty to abusing the former pupil between 1984 and 1987. He also abused two boys at a parish church in the Workington area between 1987 and 1990.   

Turner, who was jailed for four years in 2005 after pleading guilty to abusing ten boys between 1979 and 1987, will spend a night in the cells before being sentenced tomorrow. 

Peter Turner, formerly known as Father Gregory Carroll, pictured today being led away at York Crown Court, admitted abusing one child while at Ampleforth College in Yorkshire during the 1980s. He also admitted abusing two other boys at a parish when Church authorities discovered his abuse at the school between 1979 and 1987

The 80-year-old paedophile, was remanded in custody today ahead of sentencing tomorrow 

Turner was moved from Ampleforth College, pictured, after he admitted to church authorities that he had been abusing boys between 1979 and 1987. He later abused two boys at the parish in Workington, Cumbria, where he had been moved by the church

Turner, 80, from Redcar, admitted charges of indecent assault, serious sexual aussault, and gross indecency against three boys when he appeared for trial at York Crown Court.

Turner, who was previously known as Father Gregory Carroll, committed the offences more than 20 years ago while working at Ampleforth College, in North Yorkshire, and a parish in Workington, in Cumbria.

He was due to go on trial but entered guilty pleas to 14 charges earlier today.

Turner, who appeared in the dock wearing a blue anorak over a navy jumper and blue shirt, admitted 11 counts of indecent assault, two counts of a sexual act and one count of gross indecency with a child.

He entered not guilty pleas to three charges of indecent assault but the court heard he will not be tried on these matters.

The court heard that the first boy was aged between 10 and 12 when Turner committed indecent assault and and a serious sexual assault against him between September 1984 and January 1987 while he was at Ampleforth.

Turner, pictured arriving at York Crown Court today was due to go on trial but entered guilty pleas to 14 charges

His second victim was aged nine or 10 when he indecently assaulted him between October 1987 and December 1988.

The third complainant was aged between 10 and 12 when Turner committed gross indecency and indecent assault against him between June 1987 and June 1990.

Both of those boys were abused while Turner was working in Workington.

Turner was sent to work in a parish in Workington in 1987 after confessing to church authorities about having sexual contact with a pupil at Ampleforth.

He was recalled from Workington and confined to the monastery at Ampleforth after the 2001 publication of the Nolan Report on the problem of clerical child abuse.

Turner was jailed for four years in September 2005 after he admitted offences against 10 pupils at the school between 1979 and 1987. The sentence was later reduced by 12 months.

Nicola Gatto, defending, said Turner’s offending stopped when he was recalled from Workington and he had been ‘dormant’ for about 18 years.

Judge Sean Morris, the Recorder of York, remanded Turner in custody and said he will sentence him on Wednesday morning.


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