This international pedophile died leaving millions – and there could be people in Greater Manchester entitled to the money


Victims of a pedophile priest may be entitled to part of his estate of nearly £ 5million. Michael Studdert, who worked at Langley in Middleton in the 1960s, allegedly abused children in England, Wales, Poland, Denmark and Italy.

The former Anglican minister died in 2017 at the age of 78.

Most of his £ 4.7million property was left to a charity he set up to help Church of England clergy families.

Studdert allegedly abused children in Wales, England, Poland, Denmark and Italy

But the High Court has now ruled that it cannot be spent until potential victims are found.

A judge also ordered the executors of Studdert’s estate to set up a website to try and find those who may have been abused by him.

Studdert was convicted three times on various charges of possessing, importing, manufacturing or distributing indecent images of children between 1988 and 2006.

He was jailed alongside Pedophile Information Exchange founder Thomas O’Carroll in December 2006 after more than 100,000 indecent images were found at his home in Surrey.

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Studdert, who was pastor at All Saints and Martyrs, Langley, between 1966 and 1969 he was banned from performing any priestly office in the Church of England for the rest of his life, shortly after this conviction.

He is not known to have ever been convicted of sexually assaulting a child, but a judge said he was “convinced that Studdert committed a historic sexual assault in England and Wales” as well. than in Poland, Denmark and Italy.

Evidence compiled by a law firm appointed to manage his estate revealed that Studdert was “likely” to have had sexual contact with children in Poland, where he had “close ties”, and had also traveled “a lot. With O’Carroll in Eastern Europe. .

Chris Denning, disgraced former Radio 1 DJ, corresponded with Michael Studdert

The executors also received two letters sent to Studdert after his death by disgraced former Radio 1 DJ Chris Denning, who “is currently serving a 13-year sentence for sexual offenses against boys” and “has a history of sexual offenses committed in the Czech Republic. Republic and Slovakia ”.

Studdert left most of his millions to the EAC Educational Trust, a registered charity he established in 1985 to “alleviate poverty and advance education for the benefit of the public and especially among clergy families. of the Church of England, single parent families. and other poor families ”.

But his executors took the High Court “because they rightly feared the estate could be the subject of claims from historical abuse survivors,” Chief Master Marsh said in a judgment.

Following a series of hearings between January 2019 and April, the court concluded “that there is a real possibility that the deceased committed a historic sexual assault here and abroad, and ordered the executors Studdert’s will not to distribute the remainder of his estate.

The court also ruled that these historic assaults “may have given rise to claims for personal injury against the deceased and therefore his estate”, although “no claims have been suggested and the (executors) are unaware of the identity of potential applicants ”.

Chief Master Marsh had previously ordered the executors to pay the “relatively small” sums Studdert left to his “Polish friends” and to contact the police and the Church of England to see if they had any further information. on the potential abuse of Studdert.

He also ordered them to “create dedicated websites” in English, Polish, Danish and Italian with details of Studdert’s date of death and criminal convictions, as well as to post the website on Twitter, Facebook and Wikipedia.

The judge concluded: “It remains to be seen what emerges from the steps taken by the (executors).

“It is clear, however, that a complete ban on the distribution of the estate should not remain in place indefinitely. ”

Chief Master Marsh added: “We can consider setting up a compensation system if this is justified. ”

The website set up by Studdert’s executors is available here.


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