January 29, 2021
By Emily Cleary
A senior Catholic priest who locked a teenage boy in a church crypt during a “Gothic horror” campaign of sexual and physical abuse has been jailed.
Father Joseph Quigley, a former national education advisor for Roman Catholic schools, also battered the boy with a hurling stick as part of sadomasochistic punishments.
And despite his actions coming to light, the church failed to inform police about his behaviour and sent him for therapy in America before allowing him to resume his duties.
Quigley, 56, began abusing the boy in 2002 under the “camouflage” of being a parish priest of St Charles Borromeo Roman Catholic church, in Hampton-on-the-Hill, near Warwick.
Warwick Crown Court heard how he made his victim take showers with the door open, stroked his inner thigh while forcing him to wear a gym kit and made him chew paracetamol.
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