Boy woke up to find priest on top of him, court told

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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.

Bed­room

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 .

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