Sick paedo hounded out of Glasgow home by angry mob gets 10 years for abusing kids
A former teacher at a Catholic boarding school was today jailed for a catalogue of sex abuse against young boys.
Peter Toner, 61, groomed and sexually abused five pupils at the former St Columba’s College in Largs, Ayrshire in the early 1980s.
The paedophile – known as Brother Peter – preyed on his young victims even telling one: “I love you like a son” as he sexually abused him.
His abuse became so well-known another teacher locked him in his room at night to stop him going near boys.
Today at the High Court in Glasgow judge Johanna Johnston jailed Toner for 10 years and told him: “You were convicted of a number of serious sexual offences against five young boys aged between eight and 11.
“These boys were in your care as pupils.
“You were a teacher and sometimes had unfettered control of these boys.
“Your predatory sex offending on these boys was a dreadful breach of trust. You wrecked the lives of these young boys.
“You present a danger of causing serious sexual harm to children.”
Last year Toner was forced out of his Glasgow home by an angry mob chanting “paedo.”
The incident was filmed and one woman can be heard shouting: ‘We don’t want you here.
We’ve got to protect our weans, I hope you’ve phoned the police.’
Another can be heard off camera shouting ‘You are a f****** paedo’ and ‘you are a beast.’
He was then escorted from his home by police officers.
Judge Johnston ordered Toner to be monitored for two years after his release from prison and placed him on the sex offenders’ register.
Toner, from Glasgow, was a house master at the former St Columba’s College in Largs, Ayrshire.
He groomed boys at the school run by the Catholic Marist Brothers.
He was snared after victims bravely reported their ordeals to police.
The pervert moaned he was “heartbroken” by the accusations.
He continues to deny sexually abusing his victims.
Toner was convicted of six sex abuse charges and a further charge of assaulting a boy victims with a wooden duster.
He is already behind bars for preying on two boys when he worked at another boarding school in Old Windsor, Berkshire in the 1980s, although he is appealing that sentence.
Jurors heard how the teacher would let his victims – who aged between eight and 12 – watch violent films such as Texas Chainsaw Massacre.
Other so called ‘treats” would including giving them bottles of juice.
The former pupils kept quiet for almost 40 years.
One admitted in court he was “embarrassed” by what happened.
But, the boys, now men, told prosecutor Bernard Ablett how they had suffered at Toner’s hands.
One told how he initially searched for his abuser online to see if he was still alive and reported him to the police.
He said: “I had kept it hidden all this time. I wanted it all to come out.”
The victim, now 46, said: “”I was an innocent child who was sexually abused at the hands of that animal – that is the truth.”
Another victim, now 47, recalled: “He once told me he loved me like a son..”
Another victim, also now 47, said the first person he confided in about the sexual abuse he suffered was his dad in 2006 after seeing something on the news.
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