Monday 18 December 2017

Priest (82) charged with sexual assault on boy over 40 years ago

John Fallon

AN 82-year old priest has been sent forward for trial on two charges of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old boy in 1968.

The cleric appeared before Loughrea District Court in Co Galway yesterday.

The accused, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was sent forward for trial at Galway Circuit Criminal Court on October 5.

He had been granted bail at a previous court sitting in July, despite garda objections. He had arrived in Ireland in July on foot of an extradition warrant.

Defending solicitor Vincent Shannon said suitable accommodation had been found for the priest in Dublin and he will stay there until his trial.

Judge Geoffrey Browne remanded the priest on existing bail on the man's own surety of €2,400 and independent surety of €10,000. He has previously surrendered his passport.

Irish Independent

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