The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - WORLD -

A FOR­MER Catholic priest who fled Amer­ica decades ago was fi­nally sen­tenced to 30 years in prison af­ter a jury found him guilty of sex­u­ally abus­ing an al­tar boy.

In or­der­ing the sen­tence, US Dis­trict Judge Martha Vazquez said it was the worst case of child sex abuse she has han­dled in a 26-year ca­reer.

At one point, she de­manded that 81-year-old de­fen­dant Arthur Perrault look a woman in the eyes as she tes­ti­fied about be­ing abused by him. Af­ter years on the run, Perrault was fi­nally tracked down and ar­rested in Mo­rocco.

“You chose as a pro­fes­sion the life of be­ing a priest. It was sup­posed to be your job to help, not de­stroy,” she said.

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