Former Ampleforth College monk Peter Turner is jailed for sexually abusing boys more than 30 years ago

An 80-year-old former monk, formerly of Ampleforth College, has been sent to prison for sexually abusing three boys more than 30 years ago.

Wednesday, 12th February 2020, 3:50 pm
Updated Wednesday, 12th February 2020, 3:50 pm

Peter Turner, from Redcar - previously known as Father Gregory Carroll – was sentenced to 20 years and 10 months' imprisonment, with an extended year on licence.

He will have to serve at least half of the sentence before being considered for parole.

He was sentenced at York Crown Court today after he pleaded guilty to multiple non-recent child sex offences yesterday. He was due to contest the charges but he changed pleas at the start of the trial.

Peter Turner, pictured in 2005

One of the victims was a pupil at Ampleforth College in North Yorkshire between 1984 and 1987. The sexual abuse on him included indecent assaults, gross indecency and buggery.

The other two boys were abused in the Workington area of Cumbria between 1987 and 1990 when the defendant was serving as a parish priest. They were subjected to indecent assaults and gross indecency on a nearby beach and in Turner’s car.

North Yorkshire Police’s Non-Recent Abuse Investigation Team began a new investigation into Peter Turner in 2018 when the victim from Ampleforth College bravely came forward to make a complaint.

He was already well-known to the police, albeit as Father Gregory Carroll, after being convicted of non-recent child abuse in 2005 relating to his time as a monk at Ampleforth College and Abbey.

Peter Turner

Following an extensive investigation led by Det Sgt Graeme Bevington, which included revisiting allegations that first surfaced in Cumbria in 2006 but did not lead to any prosecutions, Turner was charged with more than 20 offences in March 2019.

DS Bevington said: “Peter Turner, or Father Gregory Carroll as he was previously known when he was a monk at Ampleforth College and Abbey, is clearly a very depraved individual who targeted these vulnerable young boys for his own sexual gratification more than 30 years ago.

“The passage of time did not ease the pain and anguish suffered by his victims.

“I truly hope their bravery in coming forward to the police and the positive outcome secured at court, provides them with some comfort knowing that justice has been served against this vile man.”

DS Bevington added: “This case proves yet again that it is never too late to report non-recent sexual abuse and to achieve justice.

“The Non-Recent Abuse Investigation Team at North Yorkshire Police is equipped to support victims at every stage. They can have confidence that they will be treated with sensitivity, dignity and respect throughout.

“It is also important to stress that all victims of sexual crimes are afforded lifetime anonymity by law, so they cannot be identified by the media or on social media.

“If you have been a victim of such crime, no matter when it occurred, please do not suffer in silence. We are here to help you.”

Victims who would prefer not to go direct to the police and are not in immediate danger, can contact Bridge House, North Yorkshire’s Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC), on 0330 223 0362, email [email protected] or go to

You can also contact the Supporting Victims Unit direct at or call 01609 643100.

NSPCC Helplines:

Help for adults concerned about a child – call 0808 800 5000

Help for children and young people – call Childline on 0800 1111

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