Irish ex-priest who abused at least 25 children in California arrested in Portugal


Oct. 25, 2019

Former priest, Limerick-born Oliver O’Grady arrested on child pornography charges and will be returned to Ireland to face up to his crimes.

The former Catholic priest Oliver O’Grady has been arrested in the Algarve, in Portugal, under a European Arrest Warrant.

O’Grady, born in Limerick, was ordained as a priest in California in 1971. The pedophile was sentenced to 14 years in prison in the United States for the rape and sexual abuse of at least 25 children, including two young brothers.

He was paroled after seven years before being deported back to Ireland in 2000.

In 2006, O’Grady was the subject of an award-winning documentary, Deliver Us from Evil. The movie detailed how he preyed on children and how the Catholic church moved him from parish to parish and knew that abuses were happening.

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