Catholic priest guilty of historic Richmond Council children’s home abuse

Richmond and Twickenham Times

by Laura Proto, Chief reporter – Richmond and Twickenham

A Catholic priest has been found guilty of indecently assaulting a boy at a Richmond Council-run children’s home in the 1970s and 80s.

Father Tony McSweeney, 68, was convicted of one charge of indecent assault on a boy under 16, as well as three charges of possessing indecent images of children.

He was acquitted of three other charges of indecent assaults on boys under the age of 16 and one count of taking an indecent photograph of a child.

McSweeney was found guilty of indecently assaulting one boy who he watched in the shower at Grafton Close children’s home in Hanworth alongside John Stingemore, the former manager of the home.

Prosecutor Sarah Plaschkes previously told the court the victim said he remembered McSweeney because he was “massive” and “a right bulk”.

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