Former priest David Rapson convicted of sex abuse of eight boys

The Age

August 30, 2013

Adam Cooper
Reporter for The Age

Former Catholic priest David Rapson has been found guilty of sexually abusing eight boys at Salesian College between the mid 1970s and 1990.

After a nine-day trial in the County Court, the jury of 12 on Friday morning found Rapson guilty of eight counts of indecent assault and five counts of rape.

He raped one of his victims on four separate occasions in 1990.

Rapson showed no emotion as the foreman said the former priest was guilty of all the charges against him after more than two days of deliberations.

Rapson had been in teaching positions at Salesian College’s Rupertswood and Lysterfield campuses, where the offences took place.

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