Friday, May 6, 2011

Catholic bishop who brokered sex abuse settlement found guilty

Shock as Catholic bishop who brokered multi-million dollar sex abuse settlement is found GUILTY of importing child porn

By Daily Mail Reporter 5th May 2011 A Roman Catholic bishop has been found guilty of importing child pornography in a case that has sent shockwaves through Canada and the Church. Bishop Raymond Lahey was stopped at Ottawa Airport after border guards found 588 images and dozens of videos of naked boys as young as eight on his computer and phone. He was also carrying a bag of personal sex toys. He was found guilty on the charge today....

The bishop’s crimes are especially shocking for Canadians because Lahey was the public face of an historic apology and $15million (£8million) settlement for victims of sexual molestation by a priest in his diocese....

Lahey, who is facing a mandatory 12-month minimum prison term, voluntarily entered custody today. The images and videos will be viewed by the judge in private before official sentencing.
In addition to the criminal charges, Lahey also faces accusations in a civil suit of sexually abusing an orphanage resident in the early 1980s.

The Mount Cashel Orphanage in St. John's, Newfoundland was closed in 1990 after it was revealed that staff had systematically abused some 300 residents over several decades.

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