Thursday, February 10, 2011

Priest for trial
Former Windale priest for trial
10 Feb, 2011 04:00 AM
FORMER Catholic priest Dennis John Corrigan was admitted to hospital for ‘‘burnout issues’’ months after he allegedly abused three boys at Windale, court documents stated.
Mr Corrigan, 68, of Thomas Street, Mayfield, was committed for trial yesterday on 17 indecent assault charges.

He did not enter pleas and his case was adjourned to Newcastle District Court next week.

Mr Corrigan served at Melbourne, Hobart and in the Philippines before he arrived in the Maitland-Newcastle Diocese in the 1980s, a police statement said.

He worked for the Glendale parish before being appointed to the Windale parish.

He was living in the St Pius X, Windale, presbytery when he is accused of molesting three boys over a period of several months.

One of the complainants told police he still had scars on his penis from the abuse he allegedly suffered.

Another of the complainants told police of an incident where Mr Corrigan visited the boy’s home.

The complainant said Mr Corrigan was intoxicated as he sat on the loungeroom floor drinking from a brown paper bag and playing with a flick knife in a way that scared the complainant, a statement said.

One of the complainants said he was molested when he was at the presbytery to do odd jobs. Another alleged he was abused when he stayed overnight at the presbytery.

Mr Corrigan was admitted to hospital in March 1988 for ‘‘burnout issues’’ and did not return to active ministry, the statement said.

Police interviewed him in 2004 after allegations were made and he denied any wrongdoing. He was interviewed again in 2009 and last year before being arrested and charged.

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