Andrew Soper, 74, fled to Kosovo in 2011 to keep away from prosecution over prices that he molested boys whereas headmaster at St Benedict’s College in London.
He was extradited in 2016 to face 19 counts of indecent assault and buggery towards 10 former pupils within the 1970s and 1980s. A jury on the Previous Bailey central legal courtroom in London discovered him responsible of all prices on December 6.
Sentencing him right now, decide Anthony Bate stated that Soper’s conduct was “essentially the most appalling breach of belief” and that he had “subverted the principles of the Benedictine order and teachings of the Catholic Church”.
Bate stated Soper’s life would now be “overshadowed by the confirmed catalogue of vile abuse”. “Your shame is full,” he added.
The trial heard how Soper’s victims had been subjected to sadistic beatings for “pretend causes” together with kicking a soccer “within the improper course”, “failing to make use of double margins” and “utilizing the (improper) staircase”, resulting in a caning and a sexual assault.
Giving proof, Soper denied utilizing the cane as a ruse to abuse boys who got the selection of six lashes with trousers on, or three with them off.
“Soper abused his place of belief as headmaster of a center college over a sustained time period,” police Detective Superintendent Ang Scott stated after the sentencing. “All through the investigation he has tried to evade justice by leaving the UK after which failing to reply his bail.”
Talking of the victims, he stated: “Though it could possibly by no means make up for the emotional and psychological trauma brought on by Soper’s crimes, I hope the sentence handed to him right now can provide them some type of closure.”