Saturday, February 4, 2023
Caldey Island sexual abuse – Dyfed-Powys Police issue media statement

Caldey Island sexual abuse – Dyfed-Powys Police issue media statement

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Dyfed-Powys Police have issued the following media statement relating to the sexual abuse, which took place on Caldey Island during the 1970’s and 1980’s.

“Following the recent media reporting of sexual abuse at Caldey Island, police received two further reports of non-recent sexual abuse on November 21. They relate to offences committed during the same time period (between 1977 and 1987) and with the same named perpetrator Thaddeus Kotik.

“These crimes have been recorded and Officers are in contact with the victims during the investigation and to offer specialist support.

“Police have also received one further report of a sexual assault by another male at Caldey Island around the same time frame. The report has been made by one of the original six victims. This is being investigated separately to the Caldey Island abuse and concerns a man who was visiting Caldey Island at the time and no longer lives there.

“No further information can be released at present as it would jeopardise the investigation.

“Dyfed-Powys Police continues to work with safeguarding partners and the Abbey at Caldey Island to ensure appropriate safeguarding measures are in place to prevent children from suffering abuse or coming to any harm.”

Detective Superintendent Anthony Griffiths said: “We have specially trained officers at Dyfed-Powys Police to investigate and support victims of non-recent abuse. If there are more victims out there who wish to report, please do so by calling the police directly. We cannot formally record complaints or offer support to victims based on reports via the media. They can do so by calling 101. I would say the same to anyone who has suffered abuse in the past, or is suffering today, that if they find the courage to report it, we will take it seriously and we will offer the support they require.”

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