The first one is ‘indirect’, in as much as the appalling abuser Timothy Cox, who called himself ‘Son of God’– from a wealthy Suffolk family – was ‘only’ a pupil at St Joseph’s.
As my St Jo’s Old Boy source told me:
‘Just chatting to ex St Joseph’s guy who told me about this guy. I didn’t know about it til now but he said he sat next to him at St Joe’s. Shudder’
This is something that none of the newspapers I checked referred to. Cox’s education and his background surely helped make him the person he is. But this doesn’t surprise me – such connections are rarely included in national or local papers. We can only speculate about why this is and what strings were pulled to keep St Jo’s out of the papers. I’ve demonstrated this elsewhere with the Colchester Knights of St Columba who managed successfully to keep a very low media profile when one of their Knights was convicted of major paedophile offences.
Of course it could be coincidence and nothing more. But predators not only abuse but also recruit new members, so it continues from one generation to the next.
And, as they say in Catholic seminaries, ‘They did to us. So now it’s our turn to do it to others.’
This transgenerational factor in Catholic abuse has been proven by the academic Oz Dark Network study of Catholic abusers I often refer to.
Of course no one, including Cox, is going to admit there’s a connection, but – given so many circumstantial factors – I’d lay money Cox was introduced to his vile practices by others. He didn’t just dream it up solo or entirely via the internet. Who his mentors were, we can only speculate. But St Jo’s – when he was there in the early 90s – seems to have been as foul as it was in my day in the 1960s. See the second scandal below.
Although, reassuringly, we’re constantly told the ‘New’ St Joseph’s of today is very different and truly religious and holy. Different board of governors…? Acknowledgement of the crimes of the past…? No financial connection with the De La Salle paedophiles…? No connection with the paedophile lay teachers of the past…?
Anyway, this is the link to Cox’s story.
Cox was released after less than five years – which is surprising, more strings pulled? – and is ‘now’ (2018) living in Ipswich, just yards from a primary school. That school is on Chantry Estate where I was brought up which is – of course – very close to St Joseph’s College.
Pure coincidence, I’m sure
My ex-St J’s source went on to tell me that this other St J’s old boy revealed:
‘He also said that around 1991 half the staff were sacked after another pedo scandal, most of the sports and arts, English and music were subject to a major cull. New head brought in , Mr Hennessy. All news to me as I was avoiding anything to do with the place then.’
Half the staff? WTF?!
Gosh! That took me by surprise. They managed to cover that one up well. And no reporting to the police, of course. I think this was the same era as the St J’s lay teacher who recently killed himself, just before facing trial for paedophile offences.
It suggests to me, at that time, some kind of ‘ring’/organized abuse of at least 4 Catholic lay teachers.
And that excludes the smarter Catholic lay teachers who kept their heads down and avoided the cull. That was my experience looking back to the 60s– the eccentric characters like Solomon, James and Kevin have now been outed, but I know of at least two other, ‘normal’ lay teachers, who successfully avoided the spotlight.
If I named either of them today, there’d be a howl of outrage from old boys of my generation, ‘He couldn’t have been an abuser because he was such a really great bloke and a brilliant teacher, too. I’d know if he was a wrong un.’
Sure you would.
Well, in one of those two cases, the police thought otherwise. At this stage, I can’t say more.
What is it about St Joseph’s that seems to attract more abusers than the average Catholic school?
I’d say it’s the transgenerational factor again. These predators hear on their grapevine that St J’s is a good place to find victims. After all, it was just a few years earlier IIRC that one Catholic lay teacher was using a cat o’ nine whip on a boy and getting away with it.
So these vile individuals were drawn to St J’s like moths to the flame.
If they were sacked in the early 90s, some of them could still be alive…
Food for thought?