Roman Catholic church in Birmingham 'sorry' as 'sadist' priest Joseph Quigley jailed
By Mike Lockley
February 7, 2021
|Joseph Quigley, a former national education advisor for Roman Catholic schools, sexually and physically abused a boy while he was a parish priest at a church near Warwick.|
Case against 56-year-old 'Father Joe' involved one victim, a teenager at the time, but another key witness had also been abused
The Catholic church in Birmingham has dubbed the crimes of perverted priest Father Joseph Quigley – the sexual sadist who forced his young victim to suck bitter Paracetamol as punishment – deplorable.
And the Archdiocese issued an apology for the suffering caused by twisted Quigley while at St Charles Borromeo RC Church, near Warwick.
The depravity inflicted by 56-year-old Quigley – sentenced to 11 years last Friday – near beggars belief. Shielded by his dog collar, the cleric:
BEAT the boy with a hurling stick;
LOCKED him in a dark, dank crypt as “sado-masochistic” punishment;
FORCED him to wear gym kit, then massaged his thighs.
Quigley, from Stone, Staffordshire, was exposed when his victim – plagued by nightmares of the ordeal – sought help from a counsellor in 2017.
The therapist contacted police.
To the outside, “Father Joe” was seen as a saviour, a man carrying out God’s work. Behind closed doors, he was a sinner possessing sewer urges that would sicken any non-religious shopfloor worker.
And, shockingly, it has emerged that Quigley was once a national education advisor for Catholic schools.
This week, the Birmingham Diocese described his crimes as “unacceptable”.
A spokesperson said: “There is no excuse for any kind of abuse and the Archdiocese apologises for the suffering he has caused.
“Our thoughts and prayers remain with all those who have suffered and we again acknowledge their courage in coming forward to provide evidence.”
She added: “We cannot change the past, but if there have been failings we must identify them and learn from them so they do not happen ever again.
“Joseph Quigley will now face church disciplinary processes that will address the seriousness of his offences. The Archdiocese is committed to best practice in safeguarding, offering a compassionate response to victims/survivors of abuse.
“The Archdiocese will always co-operate fully with statutory authorities in investigating and prosecuting allegations of crimes.”
Following a trial at Warwick Crown Court in December, Quigley was convicted of a string of offences.
He denied them, but a jury took less than four hours to reach their verdict. Sentencing him last week, Judge Peter Cooke described the priest as a “sexual sadist and voyeur”.
Prosecutor Adrian Langdale QC said: “He was a Catholic priest, in a position of power and trust over the complainant.
“The abuse took two forms. First that it was overtly sexual by nature, such as touching and massaging the legs of the young complainant up to and around the groin area.
“There were other acts which were more like punishment of a sado-masochistic nature, such as caning or hitting boys with hurling sticks or shutting boys in the crypt of the church.”
He added tellingly: “It will seem extraordinary that a person’s religious beliefs could make them blind to what was wrong, but this is why Father Joe, as he was known, was able to get away with the abuse for so long.”
The case against Quigley involved one victim, a teenager at the time, but there was another key witness who had also been abused.
The Birmingham Archdiocese added: “All who have suffered or may be suffering abuse are encouraged to report the matter to the police by calling 101 and, if appropriate, to the Archdiocese of Birmingham Safeguarding Team on 0121 230 6240 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org”.
Following the sentence, investigating officer Det Sgt Abigail Simpson, from Warwickshire Police, said: “I welcome the sentence and hope this sends a strong message to other perpetrators of child sexual abuse that we will always thoroughly investigate sexual offences against children and do everything in our power to bring offenders to justice, regardless of when the offences took place.
“Thankfully, Quigley is now behind bars paying the price for his reprehensible crimes committed against a vulnerable child.
“The victim, in this case, has demonstrated immense bravery in disclosing what happened to him, and I hope this sentence offers some comfort and closure.
“I would urge anyone who may have been a victim of sexual abuse to come forward and report this to us, regardless of when the abuse happened. We will always investigate offences of this nature and are committed to ensuring victims have the necessary support in place to help them.”
Tamina Greaves, senior prosecutor at the Crown Prosecution Service, said: “As a priest, Joseph Quigley used his position to commit depraved offences against the victim who trusted and respected him, and he abused that trust.
“The CPS built a compelling case against Mr Quigley that included witness testimonies and documentary evidence which also demonstrated he had a history of behaving inappropriately towards another young male.
“Despite the overwhelming evidence mounted against him, Quigley continued to deny any wrongdoing but was convicted by the jury. I would like to commend the victim and key witnesses for their bravery and support in helping the CPS bring this child abuser to justice.”