March 18, 2006

School sex priest asks for leniency

The Mercury

Law Reporter
ROGER Michael Bellemore is the latest priest set to be jailed in Tasmania on child sex charges in recent years.

He will join former Anglican priests Garth Hawkins and Louis Daniels, who have been sentenced to lengthy jail terms for sexually abusing boys, and failed Catholic priest Paul Goldsmith.

Bellemore, 70, was in the Supreme Court in Hobart yesterday for a sentencing hearing after being found guilty last month of sexually abusing four boys between 1967 and 1971 at Marist College in Burnie.

His lawyer, Greg Walsh, told Justice Shan Tennent Bellemore's case was not the worst of its kind.

Posted by kshaw at March 18, 2006 07:20 AM