Priest guilty of 25 sexual abuse charges

A Catholic priest has been found guilty of numerous historical abuse charges including three counts of having homosexual sex with young boys. Anthony William Peter Caruana, 79, was convicted of 25 charges relating to 12 victims after jurors in his Sydney trial were deliberating for nearly 10 days. They will return to the NSW District Court on Wednesday to continue deciding on a majority verdict for the remaining two counts. The former boarding housemaster is accused of abusing male students while he was a school teacher, rugby coach, and conductor at Chevalier College, south of Sydney in the 1980s. Over a six-week trial, the jury heard evidence that one of his 14-year-old victims was attacked while in the band storage room cleaning instruments. The teacher grabbed his hand and forced it down his pants, another time saying words to the effect of “God will love you if you do what I say” and “you’re pleasing a man of God”. The teenager remained petrified and on another occasion he repeated “no no no” but was gripped so tightly he bruised for days after.

Priest guilty of 25 sexual abuse charges

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