Alleged historic teacher sex ring targeting pupils at top Trafford school probed by police – former tutor arrested

By Dean Wilkins

A major child sex abuse investigation involving a number of teachers at a Trafford Catholic grammar school has been launched by police and a man has been arrested for historic crimes.

The 63-year-old former teacher of St Ambrose RC College was arrested on suspicion of indecent assault and possession of indecent images on November 9 and was bailed until March 12 2013 as enquiries are ongoing.

The alleged victim was 17 years old at the time of his abuse in the early 1980s and was a pupil at the all boys college – following their investigation police received further reports of abuse, both on and off premises, and involved members of staff at that time.

Detective Inspector Jed Pidd, from Trafford’s Public Protection Investigation Unit (PPIU), said: “First and foremost I want to stress that we are looking at historical incidents.

“The safeguarding of pupils is without doubt a top priority for the school and I don’t want current pupils or their families to be unduly concerned.

“That said, this is an extremely serious and upsetting incident for the victims in this case.

“As part of this investigation we have received further reports of potential historical incidents.

“Unfortunately some of these have come to us third hand and we really need to speak to anyone who was a pupil at the school who may have information to assist our enquiry.”

Police are reassuring anyone who might want to report any incidents or offences that they will be treated extremely seriously and are encouraging victims to come forward.

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 0161 856 7555, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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