The Reverend Alan Morris, a church deacon who sexually abused ten schoolboys under the guise of disciplining them has been jailed for nine years.
He was arrested at his home in Hale in November 2012 following a complaint to the police. The complaint came from an ex pupil who attended a baptism ceremony that Morris was involved in.
The offences were committed between 1972 and 1991 whilst he handed out punishments as a teacher at St Ambrose College in Hale.
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 so years after corporal punishment was abolished.”
Detective Chief Inspector Chris Bridge said: “For decades Morris displayed a veneer of total respectability but today he has been unmasked as a persistent and prolific sex offender.” On Thursday last week DCI Bridge said that 75 people came forward with information during the police investigation into Morris. He said this demonstrated the “sheer volume of the affect of Alan Morris’s crimes.”
St Ambrose RC College said in a statement that it found it “abhorrent that Morris has been found to have betrayed the trust and responsibility that had been placed in him as a teacher.”
Appealing to the public DCI Chris Bridge said “the key message I want to get across is that people who have suffered these crimes now have the confidence to come forward and tell the Greater Manchester Police that they have suffered this type of abuse again in the confidence that we will do our upmost and the objective being to bring these people to justice.”
There has been widespread publicity surrounding abuse and criminal convictions of priests of the Catholic Church all over the world leading to several legal precedent judgments in the higher courts concerning the scope of the responsibility of the church for the criminal behaviour of priests.
Various papers and guidelines have been published by churches as the correct procedure to adopt when an allegation of abuse is made against the Church. Often counselling is offered in return, but rarely an open offer to compensate the victim, hence the need to instruct solicitors.
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