April 15, 2006

Priest in clear over sex claim

Belfast Telegraph

By Michael McHugh

15 April 2006

Charges against a priest accused of child sex abuse have been dropped by prosecutors, it emerged yesterday.

Friends of the former parish priest in Bangor Fr James Donaghy have welcomed the decision as a vindication of his reputation.

The Public Prosecution Service decided this week that Fr Donaghy should not be prosecuted because the evidence was not strong enough to provide a reasonable chance of conviction.

Fr John McManus from the Down and Connor Diocese said the priest had been through a very difficult time.

"I can confirm that the charges against Fr Donaghy have been dropped. Fr Donaghy has been through a very difficult two years, years of emotional and spiritual upset," he said.

Posted by kshaw at April 15, 2006 09:25 AM