Priest Avoids Prison for Sex Assaults on Schoolboys

Belfast Telegraph
March 19, 2009

A priest has walked free from Dublin Circuit Criminal Court after receiving a suspended sentence for the sexual assault of two schoolboys nearly 40 years ago.

Fr Henry Maloney, with an address at the Holy Ghost Fathers, Kimmage Manor in Dublin 6, pleaded guilty to assaulting the boys at St Mary's College in Rathmines in Dublin.

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard Henry Maloney would assault the boys in corridors and classrooms even in the presence of other students.

One of his victims told the court that the abuse left him never able to realise his opportunities.

He said once, when he was working for the UN in Rome, he was earning a lot of money and wearing Armani suits, but felt horrible and the next week he was on the streets, where, he said: "I was actually more comfortable."

Justice Katherine Delahunt imposed an 18-month sentence, suspended for three years, in light of Maloney's admission of guilt and the fact that he is suffering from cancer.

She also took into account a 15-month prison term Maloney already served for a separate sexual assault on two boys in the 1970s.


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