The BBC is reporting that a deacon convicted of sexually abusing 10 schoolboys at a Greater Manchester school has been jailed for nine years…
The Rev Alan Morris, 64, was found guilty of 19 sex assaults between 1972 and 1991 when he taught at St Ambrose RC College in Hale Barns, Altrincham.
When the offences took place the school was run by Roman Catholic religious order the Christian Brothers.
Morris, of Rivington Road, Hale, had denied all charges at Manchester Minshull Street Crown Court.
Joanna White of the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said he “abused his position of power within the school to prey on vulnerable young boys and continued to do so years after corporal punishment was abolished”.
“He utilised the ability to carry out corporal punishment to perform acts and force others into acts which were designed to humiliate his victims in order to satisfy his own sexual desires,” said Ms White.
“He had established a fearsome reputation as a ruthless disciplinarian at the school which prevented his young and frightened victims reporting him at the time.”
The abuse came to light when an ex-pupil attended a child baptism ceremony involving Morris in 2012 and made a complaint.
Ms White said: “It was the complaint made by the ex-pupil which gave a number of victims the courage to contact the police.
“After many years of maintaining a façade of respectability, [he] has now been unveiled as a serial sexual offender who evaded justice for his crimes for decades.”…
St Ambrose RC College was unavailable to comment…
See also this report from the local Manchester Evening News: Jailed: Retired teacher and church deacon who abused schoolboys at Trafford school for 17 years
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