The idyllic Island of Caldey is in the headlines again as the string of allegations against Caldey Island Monk, Thaddeus Kotik grows.
Kotik of the Cistercian Order of Benedictine Monks lived on the Island from 1947 until his death in 1982. Six women initially came forward and have successfully pursued civil claims for compensation. It seems their bravery has encouraged others to break their silence. Assigned to work in the Abbey dairy, Kotik befriended families who visited the Island along with a number of local families who lived there.
After grooming children and gaining their trust with gifts of chocolate, homemade yogurt and sweets he then sexually assaulted them. Kotik was in a position of trust and power and parents entrusted their children to him. It is difficult to imagine a worse case of breach of trust. It has recently been reported that the police are investigating further allegations of sexual abuse on Caldey and that convicted sex offender Paul Ashton, hid there for 7 years from 2011.
Dyfed-Powys Police has urged anyone who was assaulted or who may be able to assist with the investigation to come forward. If you have been affected by abuse on Caldey Island and wish to speak to a solicitor specialising in advice on abuse claims, call 0800 138 0458.