Vic Ex-priest Admits Abusing More Boys
By Marta Subat
October 27, 2018
A notorious pedophile and defrocked Catholic priest has admitted sexually abusing more boys in Victoria during the 1970s and 80s.
Frank Gerard Klep, 75, appeared via video link in the County Court of Victoria on Friday, when he pleaded guilty to indecently assaulting three boys under 16 between 1976 and 1982.
He is serving a 10-and-a-half-year prison sentence for molesting 15 schoolboys, many of whom were sleeping when he attacked them.
Klep, who was a priest and teacher at Salesian College Rupertswood at Sunbury between 1972 and 1979 and its principal between 1982 to 1986, was convicted in 1994 of sex offences in the 1970s against a student at the school.
In 1998, he was sent to Samoa on a missionary trip while facing further sex charges, but was deported after failing to disclose his convictions.
He was arrested on his return to Melbourne in 2004.
In 2005, after first denying the allegations, Klep pleaded guilty to 13 charges of unlawful and indecent assault of boys aged 12 to 17.
The victims were boarders at the school who attended its sick bay after becoming ill and were subsequently molested by Klep while they were in his care.
He was defrocked by the Salesian order in 2006.
In 2013, he pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting 15 schoolboys including one he pinned down on a bed and raped.
The following year, he was jailed for more than a decade.
Klep is due to reappear in court on March 7 for a plea hearing ahead of sentencing.