Former priest, 81, gets jail time for abuse of schoolboys in the 1960s

The Guardian (UK)

Australian Associated Press, Wednesday 30 April 2014

A former Catholic priest who abused three Victorian schoolboys in the 1960s will spend another four months behind bars.

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

He was jailed on Wednesday for three years, but two-and-a-half years of the term was suspended.

The sentence takes into account the two months he has already spent in jail before his sentencing, meaning he will serve four more months.

Victorian county court judge, Wendy Wilmoth, said Jennings knew when the schoolboys he abused would be alone and in which dormitory they slept.

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