March 17, 2006

Elderly paedophile seeks lenient sentence


The lawyer for a Catholic priest convicted of sex offences has asked a judge in the Hobart Criminal Court not to impose a crushing sentence on his elderly client.

Roger Michael Bellemore, 70, was found guilty of maintaining a sexual relationship with four young boys.

Bellemore abused the boys while working as a priest and teacher at Burnie's Marist College in the late 1960s and early 1970s .

Bellemore's lawyer Greg Walsh said while his client's actions were a serious breach of trust, it was not the worst case of its kind to come before the court.

Posted by kshaw at March 17, 2006 07:25 AM