Catholic priest jailed for sexually abusing 155 children

published on November 27, 2010

A former Catholic priest was sentenced to seven years’ jail on Thursday for sexually abusing 155 children over several years, after admitting to some of the charges in a German court. The former priest, 50, who worked at a school near the city of Kassel, said he had sexually abused six altar boys between 1992 and 2003. Investigators also found pornographic images of children on his computer.

The judge said the man deliberately targeted weak boys and seized upon their enthusiasm, and told him, “You used your authority and your position as a person of trust”.

He also said there was no doubt about the priest’s paedophile tendencies. “This is apparent in the deeds,” the judge said.

“This will haunt the victims for life,” the prosecution lawyer told the court. She was grateful for the fact that the defendant confessed in court, sparing the victims the ordeal of testifying.

The man, a trained educator, had filmed many of his assaults. He repeatedly applied the same scheme, feigning a medical or scientific examination to approach the children.

“You scared the children,” the judge said.

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