20 possible child abuse victims uncovered in police probe into Fort Augustus Abbey school
MORE than 20 possible victims of sexual and physical at two Catholic schools, one in the Highlands, have been identified.
The victims were identified as part of the ongoing investigation into allegations of abuse at Fort Augustus Abbey and its feeder school Carlekemp Priory in East Lothian, which began in March following a complaint from a former pupil.
The allegations were also the subject of a high-profile BBC Scotland documentary.
Specialist officers from Police Scotland will carry out a thorough investigation and thereafter will report their findings to the procurator fiscal for the North of Scotland.
A Police Scotland spokesperson said: "Any reports will be directed to the enquiry team and investigated and dealt with very sensitively by trained officers.
"Wherever criminal offences are committed victims can have confidence that they will be vigorously investigated and those who commit offences can expect to be brought to justice."
The Abbey private school was run by Benedictine monks and closed about 20 years ago.
There has been speculation that charges could be brought against a former teacher who later became a priest in Australia and currently lives in Sydney.
Anyone with information are are encouraged to contact Police using 101 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org