Ex-Christian Brother sexually abused boy

Liverpool Crown Court
Liverpool Crown Court

A former Christian Brother from St Helens has admitted sexually abusing a young boy in a case which dates back nearly three decades.

Paul Davey, who was a Christian Brother at De La Salle school in Croxteth, Liverpool, pleaded guilty to two counts of indecently assaulting a boy aged under 16 before Liverpool Crown Court this week.

He had been expected to continue to plead his innocence, but changed his plea to both charges to guilty on the day he was due to stand trial.

The 58-year-old, of Bentinck Street, Sutton, admitted touching the boy indecently in around 1987 or 1988 when his victim was auditioning for a school performance.

He also admitted pinning down the same victim, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, in his bed and abusing him while the pair were on a trip to London at one of De La Salle’s other properties.

The Reporter understands that Davey has already served a 30-month prison sentence for offences committed against a separate victim at around the same time.

Davey was bailed for the preparation of reports prior to a sentencing hearing on Thursday, October 9.

Judge Thomas Teague warned the defendant that he was giving no indication of the likely sentence until he had been presented with all the information he needed - particularly that which will be provided by the probation service in their pre-sentence report.

De La Salle, originally a grammar school, would have been a comprehensive at the time of the offences.

A spokesman for the Christian Brothers declined to comment until the sentencing.