Andrew Soper trial: Jury deliberating case of abbot accused of abusing boys at Ealing school

Get West London

November 30, 2017

By Aine Fox and Emily Pennink

The jury is out after a two-month trial into alleged sexual abuse at St Benedict’s School, Ealing

A former abbot at Ealing Abbey accused of abusing boys while working at a school in Ealing is awaiting the verdict in his trial at the Old Bailey.

Andrew Soper was headmaster and senior priest at St Benedict’s School, a fee-paying independent school in Ealing, and he stands accused of abusing 10 boys there during the 1970s and 80s.

Now aged 74, Mr Soper denies 19 offences of indecent assault and buggery against the boys, who claim they were subjected to sexual touching and beatings with a cane.

Prosecutors said the school had a history of “both violence and sexual abuse” by the adults in charge, describing it as “sadly prevalent”.

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