JUSTICE: Monk who sexually abused two schoolboys jailed for four years

A Benedictine monk who was brought back from Australia has been jailed for four years and five months for sexually abusing two former pupils at a school more than four decades ago.

Former monk Denis Alexander, 85, assaulted the children while teaching at Fort Augustus Abbey school in the Highlands during the 1970s.

The abbey school was one of the private boarding schools to which some comfortably off Catholic families in Dunbartonshire chose to send their children over a long number of years.

Alexander preyed on the boys during yoga classes and at his study in the institution.

Lord Burns told him at the High Court in Edinburgh: “You have brought lasting shame on the Order of which you were a member.

“You plead guilty to the sexual abuse of two young boys who were between 12 and 14 in 1973 until 1976. You were 37 to 40 years of age at the time.

“That abuse is aggravated by the age of your victims and position of trust and authority resulting from your status as a teacher and as a monk.

“These vulnerable young boys were entrusted to your care and what you did was a gross abuse of the trust placed in you as a teacher.”

Lord Burns added that is was in “flagrant disregard” of the principles and beliefs which Alexander was duty bound to follow as a Benedictine monk.

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