Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Priest in court for sexual assault

Priest in court for sexual assault
Wed, Dec 16, 2009

Paedophile priest Fr Thomas Naughton has arrived for sentencing at Wicklow Circuit Court in Bray today on charges of sexual assault.

In June this year, Fr Naughton pleaded guilty to charges of sexual assault in relation to a complainant from the Wicklow parish of Valleymount.

In July 1998, the priest was sentenced to three years for abusing four young altar boys.

The Murphy commission report into the handling of allegations of child sexual abuse in the Dublin archdiocese found the archdiocese did everything in its power to protect him and ignored his victims, until the problem became so great it could not be hidden.

As a result, he was left to continue to abuse for several years.

He currently lives under the supervision of the Kiltegan Fathers in the Dublin archdiocese. More than 20 named people have made complaints against him and number of civil claims have been settled with complainants.

© 2009 irishtimes.com

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