8 Nov 2010

Cambridge University cleric under investigation for child sex abuse dies, may have been suicide

The Daily Express - UK September 28, 2009


By Daily Express Reporter

A SENIOR Cambridge University cleric being investigated over child abuse allegations is thought to have committed suicide, it emerged yesterday.

The Reverend Ian Thompson, 50, Dean of Chapel at King’s College and the university’s director of studies in theology and religion, died from heart failure brought on by asphyxiation at his home near Cambridge.

Police and paramedics were called to the house in the village of Great Shelford on Thursday afternoon but he was declared dead at the scene.

Officers ruled the death was not suspicious and the case has been passed to the coroner.

The precise nature of his death was not released by police.

The Rev Thompson, who was originally from Glasgow where he was a Salvation Army officer, became Dean of Chapel in 2005.

He has been at the centre of a child abuse investigation in Scotland since 2007.

Strathclyde Police said: “We can confirm a report was sent to the Procurator Fiscal in December 2007 in connection with alleged historical indecencies regarding Reverend Ian Thompson.”

The allegations relate to the sexual of abuse of a number of children in the Glasgow area, the Daily Express has learned.

Rev Thompson was suspended in January 2008 shortly after the police investigation was made known although he was allowed to continue as treasurer of the adult Cambridge University combined boat clubs.

His widow Ann yesterday described him as a “wonderful, warm man”.

“He gave himself to everyone without sparing himself,” she said.

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