Ex-priest David Edwin Rapson jailed again over student rapes


Herald Sun
August 30, 2013

A DISGRACED former priest who plied young boys with cigarettes and alcohol before assaulting and raping them has been jailed for a second time.

David Edwin Rapson’s crimes were so evil he was kicked out of the church by Pope John Paul II in 2004 after years of lobbying by his Melbourne superiors.

Rapson rose to become vice-principal of Sunbury’s notorious Salesian College Rupertswood despite a string of allegations being levelled at him in the 1980s.

It was there he committed many of his crimes during the 1970s and 1980s, telling a fellow priest that “God made us this way”.

The 60-year-old former priest was today remanded in custody after a County Court jury found him guilty on all charges, eight counts of indecent assault and five counts of rape.

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