Mr Dara de Cogan appeared at Scarborough Magistrates Court on 16 January 2017. Mr de Cogan was one of Ireland’s leading classical musicians and was a former music teacher at Ampleforth College in North Yorkshire. Ampleforth College is one of the country’s leading Roman Catholic boarding schools.
Mr Dara de Cogan is accused of 12 counts of sexual activity. He is charged with sexually abusing a teenage girl aged between 13 and 17, whilst he was in a position of trust. The charges relate to the period from December 2007 to December 2009 whilst de Cogan was a teacher at Ampleforth College.
Mr Dara de Cogan did not enter a plea before the Magistrate’s’ Court. He was however happy for the case to proceed to the Crown Court. He was remanded on conditional bail and will appear at York Crown Court on February 13.
In August 2016 allegations were made by four of the former students against the Abbot of Ampleforth, Right Rev Cuthbert Madden. Madden had been at Ampleforth for 30 years, but had to step down whilst the investigations by North Yorkshire Police took place. There have been previous allegations relating to sexual abuse by priests at Ampleforth College in the last 20 years, and three monks have been convicted of historic sex offences already.
Jordans are currently representing a large number of client’s who have suffered sexual and physical abuse suffered at schools and organisations. Where a person abuses their position of trust and commits an act of assault, a claim may be possible. We would encourage anyone affected to contact Jordans and pursue a civil claim.
If you think you have suffered from abuse, contact our child abuse solicitors who are based across Yorkshire in Wakefield, Dewsbury and Horsforth.