Victim of paedophile ‘hurt’ by Fox findings

Sydney Morning Herald

June 2, 2014

Joanne McCarthy, Jason Gordon

A paedophile priest victim, whose evidence at the NSW Special Commission of Inquiry reduced people to tears, is ”hurt” and ”disappointed” by findings he says lack balance about Detective Chief Inspector Peter Fox and what he represents for child sexual abuse victims.

”I gave evidence to give a balanced view on what Peter has done,” said Daniel Feenan of Maitland. ”I hoped it would be reflected in the findings and it hasn’t been, which is why I’m speaking now.”

Mr Feenan’s statements to Detective Fox in 2003 led to the conviction of paedophile priest Jim Fletcher, one of two priests who were the subject of the inquiry.

”Peter needed to be made to account for what he put out there, but knowing the man, the reasoning behind what he did, I’ve got nothing but admiration for him,” Mr Feenan said. ”He was the shock we needed to get a commission.”

Commissioner Margaret Cunneen, SC, found the church first knew about Fletcher’s offending in 1976, the year Mr Feenan was born.

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