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Addicted to debauchery: jail for deputy head of Catholic school

Addicted to debauchery: jail for deputy head of Catholic school

Peter Allott, 37, above, a respected deputy head at a prestigious London Catholic school, has been jailed for 33 months for possessing child pornography and drugs.

According to this report, Allott, of St Benedict’s School, spent his weekends at chemsex child porn parties with paedophiles he met on the gay dating app, Grindr.

Judge Hillen described how Allott turned to chemsex parties and Class A drugs after the deaths of his mother and grandmother.

The consensual sexual activity between you and other people is of no concern of this court save for it was at the drug parties that you became aware of, and addicted to, indecent images of children.

You watched videos, moving images, of child sex abuse. That would lead you to online chat room Zoom where you and others, as many as 25 at a time I have been told, would watch and exchange the images.

I use the phrase of a paedophile ring, that’s precisely what that was.

Over the weekends you would engage in chemsex parties using crystal meth and m-cat and having sex with multiple partners but also watch these images.

Then on Monday morning you would put on your suit and you would be the brilliant, high-flying deputy was master doing your public duty and your work for society.

As his life spiralled out of control those parties, and the individual who attended them, became more debauched in their nature.

Allott, a former Tory councillor, also admitted possessing the Class A drug MDMA which was found in a raid of his home, a property tied to the school.

Detectives from the National Crime Agency’s (NCA) specialist child abuse team arrested Allott and he was charged with possessing nearly 700 illegal images and videos – most of which were found on his hard drive in his office at the school.

Michael Shaw, for the prosecution, said:

In interview he stated he engaged seeking homosexual company through an online dating site called Grindr which involved him meeting other men who engaged in taking Class A drugs, normally crystal meth.

In order to attract them he would raise the question of child abuse. If they expressed an interest he offered to show them images he had.

On the hard drive he had a selection of images of different sexes and ages he showed prospective partners on the basis it would arouse them.

Allott admitted possessing 25 “grossly offensive” images on a hard drive and sharing them with other offenders on the Zoom photo and video sharing programme.

Scandal-hit St Benedict’s School and its linked Benedictine monastery, Ealing Abbey, were also condemned in 2011 for a “lengthy and cumulative failure” to protect pupils after five monks and three former teachers were linked to child abuse.

Allott, who grew up in Barnsley, Yorkshire, and graduated from St Edmunds College Cambridge and Durham universities, was not involved in the previous scandal.

In mitigation, Daniel Taylor said Allott, got into chemsex parties after landing the deputy head job and losing his mother to cancer and then his grandmother.

We would reiterate that there remains no evidence any pornographic material was found on school computers or that any other members of the school community have been involved in or exposed to the material Mr Allott was using.

He added:

As his life spiralled out of control those parties, and the individual who attended them, became more debauched in their nature.

A spokesman for the school said:

St Benedict’s has been shocked and saddened by the offences committed by Mr Allott. He has already resigned and will not be returning to it.

We would reiterate that there remains no evidence any pornographic material was found on school computers or that any other members of the school community have been involved in or exposed to the material Mr Allott was using.

The school believes that our robust safeguarding policies and high-level IT filtering and monitoring facilities have reduced the risk that any pupils could have been subjected to.

Allott started working at the school in 2004 and was promoted to deputy head in 2010.

He  admitted three counts of making indecent photos of children on or before December 7, 2015.

He also admitted one count of possessing extreme pornography, one of sharing indecent photos of children and one of possessing a Class A substance.

Allott, who must sign the sex offenders register, received 32 months’ jail time for the child abuse offences and an extra month for the drugs possession.

Hat tip: BarrieJohn

11 responses to “Addicted to debauchery: jail for deputy head of Catholic school”

  1. gedediah says:

    And another one. Why is it religious organisations attract sexual predators. Could it be that they provide cover for them with their misplaced trust and weak vetting standards? Surely not!

  2. Terry says:

    In mitigation, Daniel Taylor said Allott, got into chemsex parties after landing the deputy head job and losing his mother to cancer and then his grandmother.

    What the fuck does that matter … I had been promoted to a position of high responsiblity where the stakes were high in terms of financial risk and with the responsibility for many people …. I lost my Dad, Grandmother, Grandfather several close aunts and a cousin of my age who I grew up with … and got divorced … and all in short order … but I did not turn to drugs or pedophilic sex. Sounds like the judge is applying one rule to a member of a religious cult. And why didn’t the disgusting pedophilic priest get comfort solace and morals from his god? Tell me that. Disgraceful behaviour by the preist and not much better from the judge.

  3. L.Long says:

    Don’t see why there is a problem? We all know that the high moral court -the buyBull- does not say it is bad to do this stuff! So he is moral and good in gawds eye, after all gawd loves having young innocent children around him…he murders so many of them!!!

  4. barriejohn says:

    This is the school (“Teaching a Way of Living”):

    http://www.stbenedicts.org.uk/Catholic-Education-Introduction

    “For what page, what saying of the divinely inspired Old and New Testaments is not a perfectly straight rule for the life of man? Or what book of the holy Catholic Fathers does not loudly proclaim how we may come by a straight course to our Creator.”
    Rule of St Benedict chapter 73

    Our teaching and learning is rooted in the revelation of the love of God in Jesus Christ. Across the school’s curriculum respect is given to the teachings of the Gospel and the Church and the dignity of every human person.

  5. CoastalMaineBird says:

    gedediah: Why is it religious organisations attract sexual predators.

    I’ve often wondered whether they are predators who gravitate toward churches, or do churches facilitate / encourage predatory behavior…

  6. Broga says:

    @CoastalMaineBird: My speculation is that churches, and particularly the RC Church, is nothing less than a resource to provide a plentiful supply of young victims for paedophile priests. For centuries, the priest has been powerful, he can dominate and terrify the young victim into silence, and the gullible parents will believe the priest and not the child. In latter years the predatory priest will be hidden and protected by the Church.

    Add to that the sexual frustration of the young RC priest who is supposed to lead a celibate life. The repression leads to perversion as the most easily available victims are children.

  7. Daz says:

    “Why is it religious organisations attract sexual predators.”

    Speaking as someone who’s spent far too much time looking into child abuse, I wouldn’t say religious organisations attract more abusers than do other organisations* (if “attract” is even the correct term). The main problem with them is that they tend to indulge in cover-ups, rather than report the matter to the proper authorities, thus allowing individual abusers more scope for repeat abuse, so that there are more (often far more) victims.

    Then, of course, there’s the matter of the hypocrisy involved in claiming to hold the moral high-ground, whilst engaging in such dangerous and self-serving cover-ups.

    *Although the Catholic church’s celibacy rules do, I suspect, lead to more non-practising paedophiles becoming active paedophiles, as Broga points out above. And it sure ain’t new, that’s for sure.

  8. Robster says:

    Is there a single person, in any of the religious collectives that is not sexually predatory or sexually depraved in the sickest possible sense? Are undesirable sexual proclivities a must have requirement for those wishing a religious embrace (yuk) of some sort? Is there a box to tick on the application forms to confirm the sexual sickness’ of these people? Perhaps a two year thorough check of all applicants to religious facilities and seminaries must be undertaken, those not sexually damaged by their faith or genetics can be shown the door, the sick ones can join the happy clappers and fit right in.

  9. barriejohn says:

    What we really, need, of course, is more schools free of government interference. That’s a brilliant idea! However, there’s a bit of good news regarding plans to force schools to opt out and adopt academy status:

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-36227570

    George Osborne and Nicky Morgan must be almost ready to take their driving tests now, as they’ve obviously mastered U-turns!

  10. Patrick McGuire says:

    Religion is the cover for so many evils, but then havn’t we always known that? It starts in the pulpit, and flows out to the community.

  11. Robster says:

    Authorities need to round up all those dressed in silly hats, colourful robes, dog collars and the rest of the rather silly bling filled paraphernalia the religiously afflicted choose to use to identify themselves. Upon being collected up, all the various clergies need to be tested for a functioning intelligence, base morality and child safety. Chances are, given most of the clergically inclined end up in the klink for sexual misconduct,professional lying, fraud and any other of the cacophony of sins, perhaps it would be better to find a deserted island far far away and put them all there.