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School Sex Abuse Priest Fled Inquiry
A CHAPLAIN Who had
underage sex with a boarder at
one of Adelaide's most prestigious private schools left the
country before he could be interviewed by police.
The Anglican Church has confirmed the priest returned to
Britain following admissions he
had a sexual relationship with a
senior student at St Peter's College.
Adelaide Archbishop lan George
said yesterday the school notified
the police and the Family and
Community Services Department
about the incident in 1992.
Reverend John Mountford had
developed a relationship with the
student during his first year at St
Peter's as its chaplain which became common knowledge at the
school. He left early in 1992 when
he was confronted over the claims
by the school's then deputy principal, Ray Stanley.
Details of the incident have surfaced following the appearance in
court of an Anglican priest who
faces jail after twice being caught
sexually molesting boys in two separate parishes.
Archbishop George, who was the
chairman of the St Peter's council
of governors, said counselling was
provided by the school to the
student and his family.
The family had not wanted to
press criminal charges against Reverend Mountford
for having sex
with a male under 18.
"I was advised of it (the allegations) because I was chairman of
the school council at the time and
also because he (Mountford) was
a priest licensed in this diocese and
it was obviously of concern to me,"
Archbishop George said.
"But (he left) and that was the
end of it as far as we were concerned."
Archbishop George said it was
Reverend Mountford's decision to
return lo England.
He rejected suggestions a senior
staff member had driven him to
Adelaide Airport and put him on
a plane to London.
"What I understand is that the
police and FACS were informed
and everything was done according
to Hoyle (the rules) and he decided
to return to England, which was his
choice really," he said.
Archbishop George said he later
received a request from an English
bishop seeking a reference on Reverend Mountford after he applied
for a priest's licence in the United
"I said this should not be done
and gave him an outline of the
circumstances here," he said.
"I haven't heard any more of it
and I have no idea of what has
happened to him since he left Adelaide."
The Advertiser has determined
Reverend Mountford is now working at an overseas school in
Bangkok, Thailand, operated by
the prestigious English private
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