January 17, 2006

Monk put on sex offence register

BBC News

A monk has been put on the sex offenders' register after being found guilty of indecently assaulting a woman at Aberdeen University.

The offences took place over a period of almost two years at the establishment's Chaplaincy Centre.

However the university's Catholic Society has claimed Father Mark Paterson, 47, is the victim of a miscarriage of justice.

The priest's defence agent said any physical contact had been "playful".

Despite hearing an argument that there was no sexual motive, Sheriff Kenneth Stewart disagreed and found Paterson guilty at Aberdeen Sheriff Court.

Posted by kshaw at January 17, 2006 07:54 AM