'Singing priest' faces just two years for rape
Published 05/07/2016 | 02:30
Former "singing priest" Tony Walsh faces a maximum sentence of two years in prison for raping a boy with a crucifix, a court has heard.
Anthony Walsh (62), formerly of North Circular Road, Dublin 7, had pleaded not guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to five counts of indecently assaulting the boy on dates between January 1980 and December 1982.
The boy was aged between 10 and 13 at the time of the horrific abuse.
Walsh committed the offence and two other rapes of the same victim before the Criminal Law (Rape) Amendment Act came into effect in 1990.
It means that the maximum penalty the judge can impose on each offence is two years.
He is charged with indecent assault, as that was the offence which existed at the time.
He forced the child to have sex twice, once in the parochial house in his parish and on another occasion in a tunnel under the Phoenix Park. He also used a crucifix to rape the boy.
Walsh told the jury during the trial last month that he never knew the boy - and said he never assaulted him.
The jury of two women and 10 men returned verdicts of guilty on all counts following a three-day trial.
Walsh has 17 previous convictions, from 1995 to 2015, for indecently assaulting young boys and one girl.
Judge Elma Sheahan adjourned the case to allow Ciaran O'Loughlin SC, defending, to submit relevant case law.