Vincent Gerard Ryan: Convicted Paedophile and Former Priest Pleads Guilty to Further Offences
By Nick Dole
April 27, 2016
|PHOTO: Vincent Gerard Ryan (right) with a supporter (left) outside court.|
A notorious paedophile from the New South Wales Hunter region who has already served a 14-year sentence could be sent back to prison.
Former priest Vincent Gerard Ryan has pleaded guilty to three charges, including an act of gross indecency and attempting sexual intercourse with a boy in 1984.
He was due to face trial on seven offences but the remaining charges were dropped following his guilty plea.
Bishop of the Maitland-Newcastle diocese, Bill Wright, described the guilty plea as a "small consolation".
"I am grateful that Ryan's victim and others were spared the ordeal of a trial," he said in a statement.
"Ryan's past crimes continue to throw a dark shadow onto the diocese's present and I am terribly saddened that there is yet another child whose innocence was robbed by the sins of this man."
He will be sentenced in August.
Before leaving Sydney's Downing Centre District Court, Ryan donned a black cap and dark glasses and attempted to evade the media.
He had two supporters with him, one of whom tried to block the cameras before telling the ABC to "piss off".
In 2010 Ryan was released after serving a 14-year prison sentence for a string of sexual assaults on dozens of boys between 1972 and 1991.