Siobhan Morris, 610 CKTB News
A former Niagara priest and admitted child molester is facing time behind bars.
Donald Grecco will serve 18 months in a Brampton jail for his abuse of altar boys in the 1970s and 80s.
He feels three years behind bars for the former priest would have been more fair.
The Crown was aiming for a sentence between two and half and four years.
Grecco’s lawyer Brian Donnelly wanted a conditional sentence to be served in the community.
But Justice Hawk told the court such a sentence would not have been appropriate.
She cited Grecco’s breach of trust and authority and the number of sexual incidents.
Hawk did not think Grecco’s health problems were reason enough to keep him from behind bars either.
The 70 year old is suffering from many ailments including colitis, arthritis, hypertension and anxiety.
Grecco, dressed in a maroon fleece sweater and jeans remained stone-faced through the proceedings.
One of Grecco’s victims, Michael Blum, was visibly upset after the sentence.
Blum left the court abruptly, teary-eyed, hand in hand with his wife, not stopping to talk to reporters.
The St. Catharines Diocese and its former bishop James Wingle are also named in both cases.