Judge blasts prestigious £21,000-a-year boarding school for giving a reference to a peadophile

A judge has blasted a prestigious boarding school after a paedophile housemaster was given a reference to find work abroad where he carried on abusing children.

Paul Stevens who is 62 years old, worked at the Abberley Hall School in Worcestershire. He left in 1999 after suspicions were raised about his behaviour towards children.

He was last year jailed for 19 years for subjecting three boys to horrific abuse at the institution – which taught a string of Tory MPs.

It has since come to light, that after being given a glowing reference, Steven was able to abuse more children when he took a new job teaching in Kenya.

Allegations had already been made about him before he moved to Kenya and when he was still working at the boarding school.

Judge Andrew Lockhart QC expressed concerns Stevens was given a reference by the school and said the ‘whole file needed reviewing’ by authorities.

He said: ‘He was given a reference to go to Kenya. I have said the whole file needs to be reviewed by the authorities in Worcester.

‘It needs to be ensured that such things never happen again.’

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