May 03, 2005

Former priest 'abused as child'

The Advertiser

A FORMER Anglican priest who has pleaded guilty to 13 charges of interfering with boys, was himself sexually abused as a child.

Rochelle Mainwaring, defence lawyer for Louis Victor Daniels, told the Tasmanian Supreme Court today her client had been abused between the ages of six and eight.

The fact was not released in 1999 when Daniels was first sentenced to 12 months' jail for four counts of indecently assaulting a boy under 17.

Ms Mainwaring said Daniels, 57, had only just begun to deal with the abuse, but could see it had a bearing on his personal relationships.

Daniels, of the Canberra suburb of Charnwood, has pleaded guilty to 13 charges, including eight counts of indecent assault and four counts of maintaining a sexual relationship with a young person under 17 years.

Posted by kshaw at May 3, 2005 05:26 AM