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Pedophile monks released after less than 2 years in prison.

Bernard Kevin McGrath

Church scandal: Pedophile monks released.

Two pedophile monks jailed for New Zealand’s most notorious Catholic sexual abuse scandal have been released on parole, each serving less than half their sentences in prison.

In 2006, Bernard Kevin McGrath was found guilty of 22 charges against nine victims aged 7 to 15 and was sentenced to five years in jail. McGrath was released on parole in February 2008, just less than two years into his five-year term. It is understood he is living in Christchurch and his ties with the Order have been cut.

In 2008, Rodger William Moloney was found guilty of seven charges of sex abuse against boys and also jailed. He was released in September 2009, 13 months into his 33-month sentence.

Moloney has been brought back into the fold of his Catholic Order, which will give him a home in Australia once his parole period is up. The Order of St John of God says it is the best way to care for and supervise him, but an independent member of the Order’s professional standards committee says he is being hidden and protected.

Rodger William Moloney

Moloney was head of Christchurch’s Marylands residential school for boys with learning difficulties, where more than 100 victims were systematically abused in the 1970s.

When a complainant first came forward in the 1970s regarding Bernard McGrath, St John of God shifted McGrath to Australia where he was put in charge of a boarding school and repeated his abuse. The Order at the time paid one of McGrath’s victims – a student with learning difficulties – $90,000 in compensation and for him to keep quiet.

Full article here.

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  1. April 15, 2010 at 10:45 am

    Forget the slap on the wrists… they may just as well have pinched these guys on the bottom and sent them on their merry way. The sentences they received are appalling, and that one was taken “back into the fold” is even more so.

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