Moviegoers Shocked by Clergy Abuse in O'Grady Movie
By Ross Farrow
November 3, 2006
"Deliver Us From Evil," a documentary about Oliver O'Grady, who sexually abused untold numbers of children during the seven years he was at St. Anne's Catholic Church and 22 years he served in the Stockton Diocese, was shown for the first time in Lodi today.
"It was disturbing; it's so local," said Emi Fujii, one of several Stockton residents who drove up to Lodi to see the movie, which drew 27 patrons for the 11:35 showing. "I wonder if there were victims in the audience who never came forward."
"Deliver Us From Evil," directed by former CBS and CNN reporter Amy Berg, features detailed interviews with O'Grady near his home in Ireland and from several of his victims. One of them was Ann Jyono, who grew up at St. Anne's and graduated from Lodi High School. Jyono, 40, tells about O'Grady sexually abused her between the ages of 5 and 12.
None of the eight people the News-Sentinel interviewed after the first showing are Catholic, but three of them used to be Catholic.
O'Grady, 61, was a priest at St. Anne's from 1971 to 1978. He later served at parishes in Stockton, San Andreas, Turlock and Hughson.
O'Grady pleaded guilty to four counts of sexual abuse in Calaveras County in 1993. He spent half his 14-year sentence at Mule Creek State Prison in Ione. O'Grady was deported to Ireland shortly after being paroled in 2000. He is rumored to have recently fled Ireland for Canada.
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