Fresh allegations against former Derry priest

April 16, 2010

A former Catholic priest who was convicted of child sexual abuse in Londonderry more than 20 years ago is being investigated again.

The Derry Journal reported that fresh allegations have been made against 62-year-old Gerard John McCallion.

His abuse came to light when he was discovered in bed with a 10-year-old girl in St Mary's Parochial House in Creggan.

He was imprisoned in the 1990s after he admitted abusing two schoolgirls.

In 1996, McCallion admitted the abuse of two Londonderry sisters, aged nine and 10, years earlier and was jailed for two years.

The following year he admitted indecently assaulting a young woman in Altnagelvin Hospital. He was sentenced to 18-months, but that was suspended for three years.

In 1998 at Letterkenny Circuit Court he admitted indecently assaulting a seven year-old girl at a house in his home town of Lifford.

The allegations against the Lifford-born former member of the Cistercian Order were made by a Derry man who was a child at the time McCallion was abusing children in the city.

Police sources in Derry have told the BBC that they are investigating a fresh complaint of sexual abuse against McCallion.

The Catholic Church in Ireland has come under increasing pressure over it's role in the cover up of allegations of abuse since the publication of two reports last year which catalogued widespread abuse in Catholic-run institutions and in the Dublin diocese.




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