Michael Studdert: Contact made over paedophile priest’s £4.7m estate


August 21, 2020

By Phil Shepka

A website to track down potential victims of a paedophile priest for compensation from his £4.7m estate has received contact from individuals.

Michael Studdert was jailed for four years in 2006 over indecent images but was never convicted of physical abuse before his death aged 78, in 2017.

A High Court judge ruled there was a “real prospect” he may have committed sexual assaults in the UK and abroad.

The website for potential victims has been online since the end of July.

Daniel Winter, from the executors of Studdert’s will, said the website aimed to “allow survivors of historical assault to come forward and state an intention to seek financial compensation from his legal estate”.

In the meantime Studdert’s estate has been “effectively frozen”, Mr Winter, of Nockolds Solicitors, said.

Studdert was banned from working in a priestly function in the Church of England after being jailed in 2006 for possessing, making and distributing indecent images of children.

More than 100,000 indecent images were found at his home.

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