February 2019

Convicted former teacher faces more charges

An already convicted perverted former teacher has been found guilty of sexually abusing five more pupils at a boarding school run by priests.

Peter Toner, 61, preyed on boys aged between eight and 12, even telling one victim: “I love you like a son.”

His abuse was so regular another teacher locked him in his room to stop him going near youngsters.

Toner — who was known as Brother Peter — worked as a house master at the former St Columba’s College in Largs, Ayrshire, in the early 1980s.

He faces a lengthy jail term after being convicted of six sex abuse charges and assaulting one victim with a wooden duster

At the High Court in Glasgow, judge Johanna Johnston QC told him: “The damage you caused has been profound and likely to be long-lasting.”

The court heard he groomed boys with “special treatment” including moped rides at the school run by the Catholic Marist Brothers.

He was snared when victims reported their ordeals to police

Toner was put on the sex offenders register and will be sentenced next month.

He is already in jail for abusing two boys at a boarding school in England. Those offences included three counts of possession of indecent photos of a child, one count of taking indecent photos and three counts of indecency with a child.

May 2018

Convicted paedophile forced out of his house by angry neighbours

This is the moment a convicted paedophile was forced out of his house by angry neighbours in a Glasgow housing estate.

Police escorted sex offender Peter Toner, 60, from his home yesterday as furious neighbours who discovered his sordid crimes cheered and screamed ‘paedo’ following a stand-off in Queenslie Street, Glasgow.

Former science master Toner was convicted of three counts of possession of indecent photos of a child, one count of taking indecent photos and three counts of indecency with a child.

He measured a pupil’s genitals as ‘an experiment’ as he sexually abused two pupils aged between nine and 12 at a private Catholic boarding school.

In yesterday’s footage, Toner can be seen crossing the street to confront the mob who are shouting ‘we know what you’ve been charged with’ and holding ‘out now paedo’ signs.

He can be heard trying to rubbish claims before an angry resident, who is held back by another neighbour, confronts Toner.

He shouts: “We know what you’ve been charged with. Get over there, get over there you f****** perverted f***!”

“Get over there and stay away from here.”

“You are a f****** paedo” and “you are a beast” is shouted from off-camera as Toner continues to try to reason with the mob.

“We don’t want you here, we’ve got to protect our weans, I hope you’ve phoned the polis”, shouts one woman who confronts Toner.

He replies: “I am not a danger to your children.”
An angry neighbour replies: “You are a danger, the Old Bailey has just found you guilty.”

Cops raced to the estate after calls were made about the incident which took place yesterday afternoon at around 1.30pm.

A police van and police car arrived at the scene, which is one street away from a nursery, and officers escorted Toner from the property.

He was filmed carrying a suitcase as police locked the front door of the house.

His departure was met with cheering and screams of ‘paedo’ from the 15-strong crowd standing across the street.

A local source said: “Blackhill estate is largely families and lots of young kids and there was a growing feeling that nothing was being done to prevent a convicted peadophile mingling with local kids.

“He came out to try defend himself but just made everyone more angry.

“He’s in denial that he’s been convicted and doesn’t even seem to care how people feel even with kids about.”

Toner abused his victims while living in a cottage on the grounds of St John’s Beaumont in Old Windsor, Berkshire, in the late 1980s.

He molested one victim in a library and a staff room at the Jesuit preparatory school which often sends its pupils on to Eton, Harrow and Charterhouse public schools.

A complaint was first made to police in 2007 but the investigation was shelved after the teacher denied the allegations.

But at a school reunion in 2014 two of his victims overheard Toner being described by other former pupils as being ‘quite nice’.

One former pupil then gave a statement to police in November 2014 but by then Toner had left the school and was working in Africa.

Police then issued a warrant for his arrest in case he returned to the UK.

Toner was detained on July 5, 2015, when he arrived at Heathrow Airport.

He denied sexually abusing any of the boys. A police examination of his laptop and a USB stick recovered a total of 371 indecent images of children, including 123 at the most serious category.

Toner was convicted by an Old Bailey jury of three counts of indecency with a child, three counts of possessing indecent images of a child and one of taking indecent photos of a child on May 8.

He was bailed ahead of sentence at the Old Bailey on 6 June.

Judge Anuja Dhir QC told Toner: “You don’t need me to tell you you’ve been convicted of serious offences that ordinarily would attract a custodial sentence.

“That is the sentence you that you must expect when you next come back to court.”