Monday 19 February 2018

Sex abuse priest faces long jail sentence

Matthew Cooper

A ROMAN Catholic priest who used his "revered" status to wage an 18-year campaign of abuse against vulnerable boys is facing a lengthy jail term after being convicted of 21 sexual offences.

Alexander Bede Walsh, who targeted eight victims in England between 1975 and 1993, was found guilty of two serious sexual offences and 19 counts of indecent assault by a jury at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court.

Adjourning sentence on Walsh, Judge Paul Glenn told the 58-year-old paedophile that a long prison sentence was inevitable.

Walsh's 10-day trial heard that he already had a previous conviction for possessing child pornography when he was arrested and interviewed in 2006 after two men contacted the police to claim they had been abused in Coventry as children.

Further complainants, who had been subjected to "serial, predatory" abuse, came forward between 2008 and last year and all eight victims gave evidence at the trial.

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