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No prosecution of gardaí over paedophile priest

Published July 15, 2013 by JS2

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Martin Callinan said there will be no prosecution against gardaí or former officers in the Patrick McCabe case

Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan has said no prosecution is to be taken against current or former gardaí who connived with the Catholic Church to protect paedophile former priest Patrick McCabe.

The commissioner was responding to the Murphy Commission’s finding that a previous commissioner had taken a personal interest in pursuing a blackmail complaint against McCabe’s first known victim and that the man’s phone was tapped.

In a statement tonight, the commissioner told RTÉ News that following a garda investigation into the force’s handling of the McCabe case, the DPP had decided that no prosecution was to be taken against current or former gardaí.

He said it is a matter of regret to him personally that people did not receive the appropriate attention and action from gardaí to which they were entitled.

In 1977, the then-Archbishop of Dublin, Dermot Ryan, was told that a 14-year-old boy had been sexually abused by McCabe at his boarding school.

It was also alleged that when the boy complained to his headmaster, a member of a religious order, he also abused the boy.

A church investigator told Archbishop Ryan the complaint was well-founded, but nothing was done.

Ten years later in 1987, the first complainant against the paedophile priest came forward again to the diocese demanding compensation from McCabe “for ruining his life”.

He wanted McCabe reprimanded and to prevent him from abusing others, or otherwise the victim would sell his story to the media.

A priest at the man’s former school complained the victim was blackmailing him.

An exhaustive and comprehensive garda investigation followed into the blackmailing allegation that went all the way to the then commissioner’s desk.

But the Director of Public Prosecutions refused to prosecute.

Only then did gardaí begin an investigation of the victim’s original complaint of sexual assault.

Sex abusing priest to walk free this weekend despite getting 18-month jail term

Published March 23, 2013 by JS2
Victim: James Moran (50) said that McCabe’s sexual assault had blighted his life

 

A FORMER priest whose abuse of children in the 1970s and 1980s was featured in the Murphy Report will walk free this weekend despite receiving an 18 month jail term.

Patrick McCabe (77), formerly of Alameda, California was extradited here in June 2011 and has spent the last 21 months in custody awaiting sentence.

Waiving his right to anonymity, one of his victims James Moran (50) said that McCabe’s sexual assault had blighted his life. Mr Moran said he went from being a happy child to contemplating suicide at 18.

McCabe pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to indecent assault of Mr Moran at a Co Kildare school between January and April 1977.

He also pleaded guilty to indecent assault of another boy, who cannot be named, at two locations in Dublin between January and September 1979. Both victims were 13 years old when McCabe molested them.

David Keane SC, defending, said that he had being instructed by McCabe to offer a “sincere apology to the two victims for the pain and hurt he has caused”. He said his client also asked for their forgiveness.

Judge Margaret Heneghan said that both victims had described how the abuse at the hands of McCabe has left them “tortured, tormented and haunted”.

Inspector Jim Doyle told Cormac Quinn BL, prosecuting, that he travelled to California in 2006 to interview the priest about the abuse.

McCabe told him he visited Mr Moran at his boarding school after seeing a photograph of the boy at his parent’s home. The then laicised priest said: “He met all the requirements to match my fetish. He was handsome and had a nice shirt and tie. I embraced him and fondled him.”

The second victim was abused at the parochial house after McCabe had offered to show him the crypts of the Pro-Cathedral in Dublin city centre. McCabe was dressed and had an erection when he started kissing the boy and lay on top of the boy with all his weight.

On another occasion the ex-priest abused the boy after they had prayed together at an altar he had in his home. He gave the boy a present of rosary beads after the abuse.

 

by DECLAN BRENNAN