Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Head of Catholic school accused of child abuse

School head accused of sex abuse
The head teacher of a Catholic school in Southampton has been charged over allegations of historical child abuse.
Brother Jack Davis, 65, from St Mary's College in Midanbury Lane, has been charged with six counts of indecent assault against boys under 14.
The charges relate to alleged indecent assaults involving three different boys, between 1973 and 1984.
Brother Davis, who now lives in Brent, north London, is due before Southampton magistrates on 24 March.
In a statement the school said: "This matter will be dealt with strictly in accordance with the safeguarding guidelines of the Catholic Church and therefore Brother Jack has been suspended from his role as headmaster and from all other responsibilities.
"He has also been required to move away from the community house in Southampton."
The co-educational day school is a charity run by the Catholic Brothers of Christian Instruction.

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