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July 18 2018

Convicted paedophile monk taught at University of Oxford for 12 years after being banned from the profession

A convicted paedophile monk taught at the University of Oxford for 12 years after being banned from the profession, a shock report has revealed.

Father Bernard Green admitted indecently assaulting a 13-year-old boy at one of the world’s most famous Roman Catholic public boarding schools in 1995.  The Oxford-educated ex-housemaster at Ampleforth College’s case was covered in national newspapers at the time.  The English Benedictine monk was also banned from unsupervised contact with under-19s by the Department for Education (DfE) that year.

But the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse has revealed he taught at the university from 2000 to 2012 – becoming director of studies of Theology at Oxford in 2004 – while continuing to download indecent images of children.

Its investigations also found Green, who died in 2013, got a final written warning from the University after being accused of sexually assaulting a 19-year-old undergraduate in 2005.  He was finally fired in 2012 after reports of his “sexual misconduct” with two men were investigated and the ban was uncovered.

The report stated: “In February 1996, Fr Bernard pleaded guilty to one count of indecent assault on a child under the age of 14.  “He was sentenced to two years’ probation, with 50 hours of community service, mandatory attendance at a sex offenders treatment programme and a five‑year registration on the Sex Offenders Register.  “In July 1996, Fr Bernard was banned from undertaking teaching or related work by the DfE.

“This included work in independent schools and further education institutions, as well as any work with children or young persons under the age of 19.” Major national newspapers including the Times reported that Green admitted indecent assault a 13-year-old in the dormitories at Ampleforth College in North Yorkshire.