Former priest who abused children jailed

A ROMAN Catholic priest who sexually abused two boys and four girls in the 1970s was jailed for nine years and 11 months on Thursday.

Father Francis McDermott, now 75, who was described by one victim as being “sex mad,” was convicted by a jury at Aylesbury Crown Court of 18 charges.

The retired priest, now of Atlantic Way, Westward Ho, Bideford, Devon, abused the children in his parishes in High Wycombe and Norwich and earlier in London when he was training for the priesthood.

Before his retirement, he was the priest at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Bedgrove, Aylesbury.

Jailing Irish-born McDermott, Judge Catherine Tulk said: “You abused the trust of those six children and their parents in a continued and callous fashion.”

Before the sentence was passed, one woman victim, from Norwich, addressed McDermott, who sat motionless in

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