Sunday 20 October 2019

Paedophile Irish priest to be deported after sexually assaulting a young girl

Irish born priest John O'Reilly was convicted of the sexual abuse of a girl in Chile
Irish born priest John O'Reilly was convicted of the sexual abuse of a girl in Chile
Kathy Armstrong

Kathy Armstrong

A paedophile Irish priest has been ordered to leave Chile after sexually assaulting a young girl.

The Chilean Supreme Court has ruled that Fr John O'Reilly (71) must be deported from the country after 25 years and his citizenship will be taken off him.

O'Reilly was convicted in 2014 of of molesting a young girl between 2007 and 2011, while he worked as a spiritual guide at the Cumbres school in Santiago. His name was added to a national paedophile registry which intended to keep him from working with children.

The Supreme Court rejected an appeal against his deportation on Wednesday.

A statement from the court's authorities said: "The Third Supreme Court overturns the ruling of the Santiago Court of Appeals and authorises the expulsion of Fr John O’Reilly, once he completes the four year supervised release term to which he has been sentenced."

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O'Reilly's legal team has confirmed that they are considering launching an international appeal against the decision.

He is a member of The Legion of Christ but a lifetime ministry ban has been imposed on him by the Catholic Church.

O'Reilly previously told reporters: "Whatever God wants. We all have to be respectful of that.”

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