Priest found guilty of eight counts of abuse

Fr Finian Egan

A Catholic priest who worked at dioceses across NSW during a 40-year career has been found guilty of eight counts of sexually abusing young girls, reports The Sydney Morning Herald.

A Sydney jury yesterday found Father Finian Egan, 71, guilty of seven counts of indecent assault and one count of rape in relation to attacks on girls aged 10 to 17 in the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s.

He was found not guilty on one count of indecent assault. Among the attacks committed by Egan, who worked as a priest and youth worker in multiple dioceses in Sydney and on the central coast, was the indecent assault of a 10-year-old girl at St Martha's Institution For Disadvantaged Girls at Leichhardt.

Another woman allegedly encountered Egan at a church in Carlingford in Sydney's northwest, where he practised until charges were laid in 2011. She did not go to police until after 2010, when Egan became the focus of media attention.

Egan argued in court that the allegations against him were false. The jury rejected all but one allegation. He will be sentenced later this year.

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Priest found guilty of eight counts of abuse (SMH)

Jury finds NSW priest guilty (Ninemsn)

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