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ex-priest laurence soper guilty of sexually abusing boys

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ex-priest laurence soper guilty of sexually abusing boys

image copyrightmetropolitan policeimage caption laurence soper was found guilty of 19 counts of sexual assault against boys at st benedict's school in ealing, where he taught an ex-roman catholic priest has been found guilty of abusing boys at a london school during the 1970s and 80s.laurence soper, 74, was extradited to face 19 charges of indecent and serious sexual assault against 10 former pupils at the independent st benedict's school in ealing, where he taught.soper fled to kosovo with £182,000 from the vatican bank in a bid to avoid prosecution for molesting boys.an old bailey jury took 14 hours to find him guilty of all charges.prosecutor gillian etherton qc told how the victims were subjected to sadistic beatings by soper for "fake reasons" and on many occasions "with what can only have been a sexual motive".they included kicking a football "in the wrong direction", "failing to use double margins", and "using the (wrong) staircase", leading to a caning and a sexual assault, she said.image copyrightgoogleimage caption laurence soper was a senior priest at st benedict's school in ealing, west london ms etherton said at least one of soper's alleged victims suffered serious mental health problems, while another was too afraid to speak out because the abusers "were like saints to me".the court heard soper quit as an abbot in 2000 and moved to rome. he then skipped bail and spent six years living in kosovo, with a european arrest warrant iss...