May 11, 2005

Retired priest who forced boy to perform sex acts escapes jail

One in Four

Irish Examiner

A retired priest who forced a then 16-year-old boy to perform oral and anal sex on him 20 years ago has escaped a prison sentence at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.

Father Harry Moore (aged 68), formerly a curate in a North Dublin parish, pleaded guilty to two counts of buggery and two counts of indecent assault on dates between July 1, 1984 and March 31, 1985.

Judge Desmond Hogan suspended sentences of seven years for the two counts of buggery and three years for the indecent assaults. He suspended those terms for 10 years.

Judge Hogan called the offences a "very serious breach of trust" on a vulnerable 16-year-old boy.

Posted by kshaw at May 11, 2005 11:20 AM