Pedophile priest O’Grady arrested in Portugal

Stockton Record

Oct. 28, 2019

An infamous child predator who decades ago served as a priest in the Diocese of Stockton was arrested over the weekend in Portugal.

Oliver O’Grady was taken into custody in the Algarve region of southern Portugal by local authorities on a European arrest warrant, according to the Irish Times.

The 74-year-old former Irish priest and convicted child abuser was arrested on suspicion of additional child pornography offenses, the Times reported. O’Grady allegedly committed the offenses in his native Ireland and is being extradited back.

Born in Limerick, O’Grady immigrated to California in 1971, was a Roman Catholic priest in the Diocese of Stockton up until his arrest in 1993, according to Record archives.

An admitted pedophile, he was convicted in 1994 in San Joaquin County for molesting two boys. He served seven years in prison, and was deported to Ireland after his release in 2000.

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