Priest Convicted of Sex Abuse

By Kim Arlington
Daily Telegraph

July 26, 2008,22049,24079009-5006009,00.html

THERE were emotional scenes in the District Court yesterday as a Catholic priest was convicted of sexually abusing seven of his charges at a school for troubled boys.

Father Paul Raymond Evans, 57, a former dormitory master at Boys Town in Engadine, stood trial accused of molesting and raping students between 1977 and 1988.

After a week of deliberations, the jury convicted him of 18 charges, including homosexual intercourse by a teacher and indecent assault.

The verdicts were met with tears and elation from four of Evans' victims, none of whom can be named.

"We can sleep tonight knowing that he's not near any other kid," one said outside court.

Another said: "What he did was evil. I've had my 20 years of suffering - he can have his turn now."

A third victim tried to alert authorities to the abuse at the time but was not believed.

"Nobody disbelieved the priests in those days. They were like gods; everyone told us how lucky we were to be looked after by them," he said.

Evans was remanded in custody to face sentencing on September 19.


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