“Catholic priest who raped and assaulted boys jailed for 22 years” & related article

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Hackney Gazette (UK)

PUBLISHED: 13:48 30 May 2017 | UPDATED: 16:33 30 May 2017

Eugene Fitzpatrick.

Eugene Fitzpatrick.

A Catholic priest who repeatedly raped and assaulted boys has been jailed for 22 years – and police believe there may be more victims.

Our Lady and Saint Joseph Roman Catholic Church. Picture: Google Maps

Our Lady and Saint Joseph Roman Catholic Church. Picture: Google Maps

Father Eugene Fitzpatrick, 68, was found guilty of the horrific attacks at Blackfriars Crown Court on Thursday and sentenced the next day.

He raped one boy multiple times between 1986 and 1992 while working at Our Lady and Saint Joseph Roman Catholic Church in Balls Pond Road, Islington.

He also indecently assaulted another boy throughout the 1960s and 1970s. The first offence took place in Tufnell Park in 1965 when he was just 17 and the boy aged under eight.

Fitzpatrick, of Canterbury, was found guilty of 11 counts of indecent assault and indecency with a child relating to the first victim, for which he received a total of five years.

He was jailed for 17 years for raping the second victim, of which he was guilty on two counts. The two terms will be served consecutively.

Fitzpatrick, who had denied all charges, was also ordered to sign the sex offender register for life.

Det Cons Lorraine Simpson and Klementina Balint, the investigating officers, said: “Eugene Fitzpatrick is a predatory sex offender who abused his position of trust, preying on vulnerable youngsters and subjecting them to horrific sexual abuse over a period of years.

“In addition to the two known victims in this case, I believe that there may be additional survivors of Fitzpatrick’s actions who continue to suffer in silence. I urge anyone who has been abused by Eugene Fitzpatrick to contact police without delay.

“Specially trained officers will support victims throughout the investigative process and there are a number of additional support pathways that we are able to signpost.”

The NSPCC echoed the police’s calls. A spokeswoman said: “By pleading not guilty to all charges he forced his victims to relive their ordeal but their bravery has helped ensure that Fitzpatrick will finally be punished for his crimes.

“We hope both can access the support needed to help them move forward with their lives and we would urge any other potential victims to come forward.”

Anyone who thinks they are a victim of Eugene Fitzpatrick can contact the Met’s Sexual Offences, Exploitation and Child Abuse Command by dialling 101.

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Paedophile ex-priest Eugene Fitzpatrick found guilty of ‘horrific sexual abuse’ which spanned across four decades

kentnews.co.uk

PUBLISHED: 16:48 30 May 2017 | UPDATED: 16:48 30 May 2017

Eugene Fitzpatrick

Eugene Fitzpatrick

Police are appealing for other victims to come forward

Detectives fear a former Catholic priest convicted of sexual offences last week could have more victims.

Eugene Fitzpatrick, 68, of Raymond Avenue in Canterbury was convicted of seven counts of indecent assault, four counts of indecency with a child and two counts of buggery at Blackfriars Crown Court on Thursday.

All of the offences took place in the 1960s, 70s, 80s and 90s.

Each of the buggery offences were committed at Our Lady St Joseph’s Catholic Church in Hackney against one victim, while all other offences were committed against another victim in Islington.

“Eugene Fitzpatrick is a predatory sex offender who abused his position of trust, preying on vulnerable youngsters and subjecting them to horrific sexual abuse over a period of years,” said investigating officers DC Lorraine Simpson and DC Klementina Balint in a joint statement.

“In addition to the two known victims in this case, we believe there may be additional survivors of Fitzpatrick’s actions who continue to suffer in silence. I urge anyone who has been abused by Eugene Fitzpatrick to contact police without delay.

“Specially trained officers will support victims throughout the investigative process and there are a number of additional support pathways that we are able to signpost.”

Anyone who thinks they are a victim of Eugene Fitzpatrick is asked to contact the Met’s Sexual Offences, Exploitation and Child Abuse Command by dialling 101.

7 Responses to “Catholic priest who raped and assaulted boys jailed for 22 years” & related article

  1. Sylvia says:

    22 years! And he deserves every moment, and then some.

    Some day, I fervently pray, that we in Canada will see sentences like this which come so much closer to reflecting the horror of the crime, – and which, as in this case, run consecutively, NOT concurrently.

    Note the following:

    He also indecently assaulted another boy throughout the 1960s and 1970s. The first offence took place in Tufnell Park in 1965 when he was just 17 and the boy aged under eight.

    So, he was molesting when he was 17! He was a molester when he entered the seminary, and, judging by the dates of his crimes, he carried right on molesting. One can only wonder who directed him to the priesthood. In this instance I do not for one moment believe that it was a calling from God.

    I can’t tell with any certainty if he is or is not still a priest. As you see, one article refers to him as an ex-priest, but, as we know, media often erroneously and unfortunately use that term to describe a retired priest. The other article refers to him as a “Catholic priest” and as “Father” Eugene Fitzpatrick. I am inclined to think he is still a priest. If that’s the case, I trust the process to have him defrocked has begun.

  2. Tom Doyle says:

    Eugene Fitzpatrick has not been laicized or to my knowledge, even suspended, at least as of last week. His main victim was an altar boy in my first parish in Chicago in 1971. He is the perpetrator’s nephew. His mother is the priest’s oldest sister…a big Irish family that moved to London years ago. I knew his family well and I knew of the incredible damage the sexual abuse did to him over the years. His parents learned of it in 1975 and reported it to the Diocese of Westminster but he was ordained anyway and then put in parishes, one after another. His nephew and I reconnected after a couple decades and I tried to help him. The end result was the investigation by the London police, the trial and the sentencing. Other than two of the victims I was the sole witness. No apology, no regrets, no admission out of the perp which only aggravated the situation. In his sentencing remarks the judge specifically mentioned that the Catholic Church could have done something to stop it but didn’t.

  3. Rachael O' Reilly says:

    Fitzpatrick attended the London seminary called Allen Hall. The rector of this seminary was non other than the convicted and jailed paedophile Monsignor John Coghlan. This cleric continues to remain in orders.

    It illustrates the systemic crisis facing Rome which will be exacerbated if the Office of Public Prosecutions in the state of Victoria here in Australia proceed with criminal charges against Cardinal George Pell. If they do it will be a severe test of Pope Francis’ sincerity in relation to the rape and sexual abuse of children by the clergy and religious.

  4. Rachael O' Reilly says:

    To clarify”

    Fitzpatrick was a seminarian at Allen Hall who was ordained while Coghlan was rector of the Allen Hall Seminary, London. England.

    Coghlan as the seminary rector was responsible for the recommending and the securing of Fitzpatrick’s ordination.

  5. Mike Fitzgerald says:

    Very interesting that you refer to this as “systemic” as opposed to “systematic”! You are right on the money, Rachel.
    The sincerity of the reigning Pope is VERY much in question. Mike.

  6. Rachael O' Reilly says:

    Cardinal Cormac Murphy- O’Connor who died on 01 Sept. 2017 was Archbishop of Westminster from 2000 until 2008. Murphy- O’Connor (MOC) had prior to his elevation to Westminster been for 22 years Bishop of Arundel and Brighton (1977-2000). His tenure was notorious for his failures, criminal failures to deal effectively with paedophile clergy working in his diocese- Michael Hill, Dermot Keaveney, Christopher Towner to name a few.

    At Westminster he suspended the now jailed paedophile Eugene Fitzpatrick in 2006.The question is why so long when it was all too know of this clerics criminality towards children- known during and probably prior to his entry to the diocesan seminary of Allen Hall. Who was protecting him and promoting him during that time? Cardinal Basil Hume. then in charge of the diocese. Bishop James O’ Brien the now deceased auxiliary of the said diocese who ordained him? Mgr John Coghlan the seminary rector at the time and a jailed paedophile? Perhaps a member of the seminary staff at the time of Fitzpatrick’s ordination, a religious priest at that time who had been convicted of sex offences in the north of England.

    What is my point? We may never know what dark criminal secrets the likes of MOC and others have taken to the grave. We may never know the half of it. If it was like this for Fitzpatrick who else is out there ordained and evading detection with the assistance of all too friendly prelates and seminary staff.

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