‘Sexual sadist’ priest who locked boy in crypt and watched him shower sent to jail


February 2, 2021

By Hayley Parker

Father Joseph Quigley – former national education advisor for Roman Catholic schools – also beat the boy

A priest who carried out ‘depraved’ sexual and physical abuse on a boy during a sick six-year ordeal has been jailed for more than 11 years.

Father Joseph Quigley – described as a ‘sexual sadist’ – committed a catalogue of offences against his teenage victim.

These included:

— Rubbing the boy’s inner thigh after making him wear gym kit;
— Making him take showers with the door open;
— Inflicting ‘sado-masochistic’ punishments on him such as locking him in the church’s crypt, a cold and dark room containing tombs;
— Beating the boy with a hurling stick and;
— Making the boy do sit-ups and press-ups as punishments, to stand in the corner and suck paracetamols, which have a bitter taste.

The offences took place while he was the parish priest at a church from 2002 until he was forced to resign in disgrace.

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