Catholic Priest Guilty over Decade of Child Abuse

By Emily Smith

July 25, 2008

A catholic priest has been found guilty of sexually abusing seven boys whilst teaching at a boarding school for troubled teens.

Father Paul Raymond Evans would assault the boys when on school camping trips or in the dormitory at Boys Town, at Engadine in Sydney's south.

Throughout the five week trial the 57-year-old denied he molested the boys and engineered situation so he could indulge his sexual interest in the young victims.

The assualts were carried out on boys, who were as young as 13 at the time, over an 11 year period in the 1970s and 80s.

One victim said he once ran away from Boys Town to tell police what had happened to him but was immediately taken back to school.

In total Evans was charged with 20 counts of assault, indecent assault and having homosexual intercourse with a minor.

It has taken a jury more than a week to find him guilty on 18 charges, not guilty on two.

Several of Evans's victims were at the court to hear the verdict. The men say most of they had no family to turn to at the time.


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