Ex-priest ‘attacked vulnerable Vic boys’

Brisbane Times

April 29, 2014

Former Catholic priest James Patrick Jennings knew when the schoolboys he abused would be alone and in which dormitory they slept.

Jennings, 81, indecently assaulted three boys while a priest at Bendigo’s St Vincent’s College in the 1960s.

One of his victims, who was abused over a number of years, said Jennings had deprived him of his adolescence and made him feel guilty his whole life.

“He left me feeling exploited, humiliated and with lost self-esteem,” he said in a statement read to the Victorian County Court on Tuesday.

Prosecutor Susan Borg said Jennings learnt his victims’ class timetables to find out when they’d be alone.

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