Pearce's last victim confided in the Child protection officer of the School, and did not go to the police, it was then from this meeting, that the Abbot and necessary child protection officers where then contacted. So when you say that the school's procedures contributed nothing, this is false, also the abuse did not happen in the school.I'm grateful to him for passing on this detail. I was previously genuinely under the impression that a complaint had been made directly by the victim to the police.
The friend went on to say that the latest publicity in the Times and elsewhere has caused the victim some distress. I would like to say that I intend no distress towards him and genuinely wish him well. I have not provided any details about him in the blog beyond that which is already in the public domain, and have no intention of changing that. There are two reasons for that.
First, at Pearce's sentencing hearing, I was advised by the police that reporting restrictions have been imposed by the court protecting the anonymity of victims. I have every intention of abiding by that.
Second, I apply the same principle to all the victims at St Benedict's School, of abuse by Pearce or anybody else. They deserve their privacy as far as it can possibly be maintained. For instance, there are some incidents I know of which I will not describe here, because even to describe them including no names would enable anybody with even a passing familiarity with the school to identify the victims.
Some publicity is going to be necessary if sufficient pressure is ever going to be applied to get the school to properly improve its child protection procedures to the point there the chance is minimised of there being future victim. If it was going to be achieved without pressure, the Abbot would have done it by now.
Through the victim's friend I have invited the victim to contact me confidentially to see how this can be done while minimising any distress he suffers.