Pedophile priest jailed
Herald Sun 9 September 2006 By Geoff Wilkinson
Parishpriest, Paul David Ryan, 59, was yesterday sentenced, by MagistrateMichael Stone, to 18 months' jail with a minimum non-parole period of12 months, on 5 counts of indecently assaulting 2 teenage boys atPenshurst in 1989-90. Prosecutor Sgt Sandra Skilton said that Ryanshowed one of the Penshurst victims a videotape containing sex scenesfrom various movies, made him take a bath with him and masturbated himon several occasions.
Ryanfirst struck trouble with church authorities when he was asked to leavean Adelaide seminary where he started training but, despite theconcerns of church leaders, was ordained at St Patrick's Cathedral inBallarat in 1976. He was sent to the US for counselling and treatmentbecause of concerns over his behaviour and had then sexually abusedboys in the United States.
Despitebeing exposed as a pedophile in the US, Ryan was appointed parishpriest at Penshurst, where the offences occurred, in 1989.
One of Ryan's Victorian victims later committed suicide.
MrStone said Ryan had grossly abused his position of trust and hisbehaviour had been that of â€œclassic grooming of young people for sexualpleasure''. Broken Rites sparked off this court case and began workingon it 13 years ago.
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