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Police confirm Caldey Island child abuse claims

Dyfed-Powys Police have confirmed it investigated reports of historical child sexual abuse by a monk at Caldey Island near Tenby.

The incidents happened during the 1970s and 1980s.

It is understood six women were paid compensation.

The monk responsible, named by police as Thaddeus Kotik, died during the 1990s so the force was unable to pursue a prosecution.

Dyfed-Powys Police can confirm that in 2014 and 2016 it received reports of non-recent sexual abuse that occurred at Caldey Island with the named offender being the deceased Thaddeus Kotik.

These reports were recorded as crimes and victims contacted by police.

During the investigation, information was obtained to confirm that the perpetrator was deceased and therefore a prosecution was not possible.

Appropriate professional support was offered and the matter was drawn to a close.

Dyfed-Powys Police always encourages anyone who has suffered abuse to come forward and report it by calling 101.

– Dyfed Powys Police

Commenting on allegations of child sexual abuse, NSPCC Cymru said it is 'vital' victims of child abuse come forward to seek justice.

This case highlights once again how it is vital that victims of child abuse have the confidence to come forward and seek justice or redress for crimes committed against them in the past.

Many people who have suffered sexual abuse as a child do not reveal their ordeal at the time. Abuse can have catastrophic and lifelong effects so it is important that victims are able to access support and help when they disclose what happened to them.

– NSPCC Cymru Wales

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