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sabato 24 gennaio 2015
Australian pedophile priest sexually abused dozens of children
An Australian court on Friday sentenced Roman Catholic priest John Sidney Denham to 13 years in prison for sexually abusing 18 children at a school in the state of New South Wales, a sentence that will be added to another prior conviction, local media reported Friday.
Denham,73, was sentenced in 2010 to 14 years in prison for sexually abusing dozens of children, including five-year-olds.
Examining magistrate Helen Syme of the Sydney district court, said that Denham took advantage of his victims on the playing fields, in his office, outside the confessional, at any place and at any time, while teaching at St. Pius X school, between 1975 and 1979, according to the local news agency AAP.
The number of children and abuses committed by Denham, who offered his victims gifts and then threatened them, is shocking, even for the court, said the judge.
Three years ago, the Catholic Church of Australia registered 620 cases of sexual abuse in the country against minors committed by priests since 1930.
New South Wales police accused the Church in 2012 of covering up the crimes, trying to silence investigations and destroying crucial evidence to avoid prosecution.
The situation led to the creation of a commission of inquiry into the institutional response to child abuse committed in social, religious and public organizations, which was to present its findings last month.