Catholic Priest Charged Over Child Sex Claims

Missing monk arrested at airport over abuse claims

A former Catholic priest accused of historic sex offences has been returned to the United Kingdom from Kosovo, after a five-year police hunt.

A British priest accused of child sex offences has been sent back to the United Kingdom from Kosovo and arrested at London's Luton airport, five years after he went on the run, police said.

In 2011, Lord Carlile of Berriew stripped monks of control at St Benedict's School, which offered a "heartfelt apology for past failures".

Soper allegedly committed the offences at St Benedict's School in Ealing, west London, where he was a teacher.

"The abbot himself has accepted that it is "opaque to outsiders".

Mr Soper was arrested in 2010 and bailed, but failed to return to a London police station in March 2011.

Father Soper was detained in Kosovo in May following an appeal by officers from the Metropolitan Police's Sexual Offences, Exploitation and Child Abuse Command.

The nine charges include buggery, gross indecency and indecent assault.

Police in Kosovo told Reuters that Soper had exceeded the time limit of his stay in the country and had been deported.

He was arrested in Kosovo in May and is now due to appear at Ealing Magistrates' Court, the media outlet reported.

He was thought to be living in a monastery in Rome when the EAW was subsequently issued for him.