A former RE teacher and assistant housemaster at an Ipswich independent school has been remanded in custody after being accused of historic sexual offences.

Francis Carolan, 58, who previously worked at St Joseph’s College in Ipswich, appeared at Suffolk Magistrates’ Court on Thursday to face four charges of indecent assault on a boy under the age of 16. 

The alleged offences date back to the early 1990s against one alleged victim, Wayne Ablett, prosecuting, told the court. 


  1. I remember him arriving at SJC. At first he was a fresh approach, a bit more laid back than some of the staff. Over time he seemed to fall into the typical disciplinary style. If he’s guilty then I’m very disappointed with him. Self discipline is more important than disciplining others with duty of care.

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