May 11, 2005

Ex-Calif. Priest Reveals Details of Abuse

Telegram & Gazette

Associated Press Writer

SAN FRANCISCO— A former priest who was deported after serving time for child molestation revealed disturbing details of his attraction to children when lawyers traveled to his village in Ireland for a two-day deposition.

Former priest Oliver O'Grady was questioned in March in a pending civil suit brought by an alleged sex abuse victim against the Stockton diocese, claiming it failed to protect children from a known abuser.

The deposition was filed Tuesday in Alameda County Superior Court by plaintiffs seeking to oppose a motion by the diocese to dismiss the suit. Trial is set for June.

O'Grady, 59, served seven years in a California prison for molesting two brothers while he was a parish priest. He was later removed from the priesthood and deported to Ireland, where he's lived since 2001. He admits molesting as many as 30 children.

Posted by kshaw at May 11, 2005 07:57 PM