Boy woke up to find priest on top of him, court told
Former “singing” priest Tony Walsh will be sentenced in December for indecently assaulting a teenage boy 35 years ago.
Walsh (64) formerly of North Circular Road, Dublin, is currently serving a 7½-year sentence for raping another boy three times in the 1980s.
On one of these occasions, he raped the victim with a crucifix.
Walsh pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to his latest charge of indecently assaulting a teenage boy on a date in 1983.
He has 14 previous convictions for sex-related offences dating from the mid 1970s to the mid 1980s.
Yesterday, Garda John Barrett said the boy had got drunk in an unrelated incident, had woken up naked and in pain with Walsh on top of him in a single bed.
Garda Barrett told Dara Hayes, prosecuting, that this was Walsh’s bedroom at the time and that he had placed his penis inside the boy’s anus for a “split second”.
The injured party told gardaí it had been a “stabbing pain” and that he had roared and pushed Walsh off him.
The then teenager saw Walsh was wearing a white vest with no underwear on. The boy put his clothes on as fast as he could and ran home, where he cried in his room before going to sleep.
The court heard he did not tell anyone because he was so ashamed.
Garda Barrett told Mr Hayes that the injured party turned to drinking after this incident. Paul Carroll SC, defending, submitted to Judge Cormac Quinn that his client has a release date from his current sentence in 2021. Counsel said he had been instructed to apologise to the injured party .
Judge Quinn adjourned , saying he wanted to know about Walsh’s risk assessment and what courses might be available to him on release .