Tuesday 17 October 2017

Ex-cleric jailed for abusing deaf teens

John McCabe: outside court in Dublin yesterday.
John McCabe: outside court in Dublin yesterday.

Sonya McLean

A FORMER Christian Brother who sexually abused three teenage students in the deaf school he worked in has been jailed for nine years.

Each of John McCabe's victims waived their right to anonymity so that their abuser could be named in the media. Each of the victims is deaf and they are ex-pupils of St Joseph's National School in Cabra.

McCabe (53), of Kilshane Cross, North Road, Finglas, Dublin, subsequently left the Christian Brothers and is now a married man with a nine-year-old child. He was 24 when he abused the boys, who were then aged between 13 and 14.

McCabe pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to six counts of indecent assault of Derek Maguire, Albert Sheedy and Anthony Dolan on dates between May 1, 1983, and July 31, 1984. He has no previous convictions.

Judge Martin Nolan described the evidence as "graphic" and the crime as "horrendous" and "extremely serious". He said the teenagers were "vulnerable and isolated children" as a result of their "isolating condition". He said McCabe took advantage of this.

Judge Nolan imposed two consecutive terms of six years but suspended the final three years of the sentence having taking into account McCabe's guilty pleas, co-operation with gardai and otherwise "blameless life".

Irish Independent

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