February 08, 2006

Child abuse penalty appeal lodged

Herald Sun

Geoff Wilkinson

AN appeal has been lodged against the prison sentence given to a pedophile Catholic priest.

Director of Public Prosecutions Paul Coghlan, QC, has appealed on the ground Father Frank Klep's sentence was manifestly inadequate.

Klep, 62, was sentenced to a one-year minimum jail term last December for molesting 11 schoolboys in the 1970s.

The former Salesian College principal pleaded guilty to 14 charges of indecent assault on boys aged 12 to 17.

County Court judge Frances Hogan sentenced him to three years' jail, with two years of the term suspended.

Posted by kshaw at February 8, 2006 08:59 AM