Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Priest sentenced


Priest sentenced for assaulting masseuse
From: AAP April 05, 2011 5:24PM Increase Text Size Decrease Text Size Print Add to Myspace Add to Newsvine What are these? A PRIEST kept his victim in terror as he held her in a bedroom, slapped her and told her he was going to rape her.

The 36-year-old priest, who cannot be identified, has been sentenced to two and a half years' jail for kidnapping, assaulting and compelling an act of sexual manipulation on a female masseuse.

He'd detained the woman at an Adelaide house and ordered her to perform sexual acts, including sucking on the heel of her own shoe.

South Australian District Court judge Michael Thomas Boylan, during sentencing on Tuesday, said the priest had acted "despicably" when he attacked the woman after she let him in a house in Modbury, in Adelaide's northeast, on July 13, 2009.

"You behaved despicably and took advantage of her vulnerability for your own gratification," he said.

"You have lost your standing in the community ... as a result of your crime."

The victim's occupation involved massaging clients with optional sexual stimulation offered at the conclusion of the service.

The judge said the victim took the priest to one of the bedrooms of the house where the offender requested two female masseuses.

"In my view, you were checking to see if she was alone in the house," the judge said.

The offender then grabbed the victim, dragged her and told her he would rape her.

"I want you to do me for free, I want to rape you," the judge recounted the offender as saying.

The judge said the offender detained the victim in the bedroom, keeping her there in terror, ordering her to perform sexual acts including sucking on the heel of her own shoe.

"You kept her in terror," he said.

"She could not get away from you ... (The victim) begged you to let her go, you slapped her across the face, throughout all that was going on (the victim) continued to cry.

"She feels lucky to be alive ... She is now terrified of any man which resembles you."

The judge said he accepted the priest had done good work in the community and had no prior convictions.

"I accept in your pastoral work and generally you have helped many people," he said.

But, the judge said, the priest's lack of remorse and maintenance of his innocence made it difficult to mitigate his sentence.

Read more: http://www.news.com.au/breaking-news/priest-sentenced-for-assaulting-masseuse/story-e6frfku0-1226034216116#ixzz1If5Sn7ZG

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