March 27, 2006

Retired priest escapes sex offenders register


A Supreme Court judge has declined to put a retired Catholic priest convicted of sex offences on Tasmania's new sex offenders register.

Roger Michael Bellemore, 70, has been sentenced to five years in prison, with a non-parole period of three years.

Bellemore was found guilty of sexually abusing four young teenage boys when he was a teacher at Burnie's Marist college in the late 1960s and early 1970s.

Supreme Court Judge Shan Tennant said Bellemore would be at risk in prison because of the nature of his crimes and that he was likely to be isolated.

Posted by kshaw at March 27, 2006 08:09 AM