Peter Turner, a former monk at a Catholic boarding school in North Yorkshire, who sexually abused three boys under the age of 13, between 1984 and 1990, was jailed for 20 years and 10 months at York Crown Court on Wednesday after admitting to a string of sexual offences committed more than 30 years ago.

Peter Turner, who was previously known as Father Gregory Carroll had already served time in prison after he was sentenced to four years in 2005 after he admitted offences against 10 pupils at Ampleforth College between 1979 and 1987. The sentence was later reduced by 12 months.

In 1987, Turner had confessed to the church authorities about sexual contact with a boy and was sent to work in a parish in Workington.

One of the victims in Workington was just 9 or 10 when Turner indecently assaulted him between October 1987 and December 1988.

Sentencing him at York Crown Court, Judge Sean Morris said:

“You have brought evil into this world when, by your calling, you should have brought hope, help and succour.”


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