Police raised concerns that the head of a Roman Catholic boarding school tried to “control” a child sex abuse investigation, an inquiry has heard.
A former North Yorkshire detective said officers were “excluded” from inquiries at Ampleforth College in 1995 and 2002.
But former head teacher Father Leo Chamberlain denied influencing a boy’s parents during a phone call in 1995.
He told the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse there had been “no skulduggery”.
The Catholic Church is one of 13 public organisations being scrutinised by the inquiry, which is being headed by Prof Alexis Jay.
Det Sgt Barry Honeysett said he had told Fr Chamberlain in 2003 that he did not trust the private school, because alleged victims of abuse had been spoken to by staff before police were called in.
Mr Honeysett, who led an inquiry into abuse at Ampleforth College, said: “The issue was largely around the delay in the police becoming involved.
“A direct approach had been made to the victim which I felt was inappropriate.”