March 18, 2005

Ex-town priest in court on sex charges

News & Star

Published on 18/03/2005

A FORMER Workington priest has appeared in court charged with 15 indecent assaults and five counts of gross indecency at a private school.

Father Gregory Peter Carroll, 65, spent 14 years at Workington’s Our Lady and St Michael’s Church from 1987. The charges relate to his previous job at Ampleforth College, where he worked between 1973 and 1983. The alleged victims were under 14 at the time.

The charges were brought after a 12-month police probe into Ampleforth Abbey, which is attached to an independent school run by Benedictine monks. Fr Carroll appeared at Scarborough Magistrates’ Court on Monday. He did not enter a plea and was released on bail. He was well-known in Workington who started the town’s credit union and was a chaplain to the old infirmary on Honister Drive.

He was also instrumental in setting up a home for released prisoners in the town.

Posted by kshaw at March 18, 2005 07:46 AM