Friday, March 9, 2012

Alexander Bede Walsh a Paedophile Priest Jailed For 22 years

A Catholic paedophile priest who used his "revered" status to wage a campaign of abuse against vulnerable young boys has been sentenced to 22 years in prison.

Alexander Bede Walsh was convicted last month of 21 sexual offences, spanning a period of 18 years.

The offences took place between 1975 and 1993, during periods Walsh worked at an orphanage in Coleshill, Warwickshire, at a Catholic boarding school in Staffordshire, and at All Souls Church in Coventry.

Six of the victims had attended All Souls School in the city which was linked to the church.

Walsh told the jury part of his duties had been to visit families and take children swimming.

Walsh, who was ordained into the Roman Catholic church in 1979, claimed the victims were lying and were motivated by compensation.

After Walsh's conviction, Staffordshire Police Detective Constable Tim Bailey said: "He is supposed to be a man of the cloth but he has shown no compassion, no integrity and no humanity.

"He has forced grown men to come to court and relive childhood experiences of sexual abuse".

Walsh's crimes came to light when two victims independently contacted police in 2006.

Further complainants came forward between 2008 and 2011, and detectives believe there may be further victims. Read More