Caldey Abbey apologise over monk sexual abuse claims

The abbot of Caldey Abbey has apologied after it was alleged one of the island's monks sexually abused children in the 1970s and 80s.

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Detectives meet with Caldey Abbey over safeguarding children in the future

Detectives from Dyfed-Powys Police have met with representatives from Caldey Abbey to ensure that children visiting the island in the future are kept safe.

It's understood six women were paid compensation following claims against a monk - Thaddeus Kotik in the 70s and 80s. But it's feared there could be more potential victims.

The Abbey has apologised for not passing complaints to the police, and the monk has since died.

Police are asking any other victims and survivors to share their experience with the Truth Project to assist in understanding the long term impact of abuse and support recommendations.

Two further reports of historical sexual abuse on Caldey Island

The monk Thaddeus Kotik who has since died.

Dyfed-Powys Police officers say they have received two further reports of historical sexual abuse on Caldey Island.

They relate to offences committed during the same time period (between 1977 and 1987) and with the same named perpetrator Thaddeus Kotik.

Police say they have also received one further report of a sexual assault by another man at Caldey Island around the same time frame.

The man was visiting Caldey Island at the time and no longer lives there.

We have specially trained officers at Dyfed-Powys Police to investigate and support victims of non-recent abuse. If there are more victims out there who wish to report, please do so by calling the police directly.

We cannot formally record complaints or offer support to victims based on reports via the media. They can do so by calling 101. I would say the same to anyone who has suffered abuse in the past, or is suffering today, that if they find the courage to report it, we will take it seriously and we will offer the support they require.

– Anthony Griffiths, Detective Superintendent

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