An Oxford University college continued to employ a monk despite knowing that he had sexually abused a child at a previous school he had taught at, it has emerged.

Father Bernard Green admitted that he had sexually abused a boy under the age of 14 at Ampleforth College, North Yorkshire in 1995 and was barred from teaching in schools and further education. St Benet’s Hall, one of the colleges of Oxford University had learned of the ban in 2006 but continued to employ Green until he was dismissed in 2012. St Benet’s Hall said it had prevented Father Green from teaching students under the age of 19 once it was made aware of his conviction.

In 1996, Green was sentenced to two years’ probation, and 50 hours of community service following his admission that the assault had taken place. He was sent on a sex offender’s treatment programme and put on the register for five years. He also attended a rehabilitation course at a treatment centre for Catholic priests, where it was decided that he was not a paedophile.

A recently published report by the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) investigating abuse at Ampleforth College made reference to Father Green. The IICSA report found that in 2005 Green was issued with a final written warning by Oxford University for harassing a 19‑year‑old undergraduate. Despite this, he remained in his employment until he was sacked in 2012 after a university review of his case discovered the ban on working with young people. The police had not been notified of these incidents.

The outgoing master of St Benet’s Hall, Professor Werner Jeanrond, said:

“It is a matter of deep regret that the hall had any part in what happened in those years.”

A university spokesman said:

“The revelations of this important report are deeply troubling and we are looking into the points raised by it.”

Father Green died in 2013. After his death indecent images of children were found on his computer.


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