Fmr priest sentenced to 18 months for abusing boys

Friday 22 March 2013 22.59
One child was abused in the parochial house of the Pro Cathedral in Dublin, the other at a school in Co Kildare
One child was abused in the parochial house of the Pro Cathedral in Dublin, the other at a school in Co Kildare

A 70-year-old former priest who abused two boys over 30 years ago has been sentenced to 18 months in prison.

Patrick McCabe pleaded guilty to the offences after he was extradited from California to face the charges almost two years ago.

One child was abused in the parochial house of the Pro-Cathedral in Dublin, the other at a school in Co Kildare.

McCabe was previously jailed last year for indecently assaulting five other schoolboys.

He was laicised in 1988 and left Ireland at that time to move to the US.

In 2006, gardaí travelled to Alameda in California to question him about these offences.

He was arrested in the US in August 2010 and extradited to Ireland in June 2011.

Following today's sentence hearing one of his victims, James Moran, waived his right to anonymity.

He said the abuse had affected every part of his life, his parents, his family and his friends.

He said today has given him some closure after the horrific years.