March 2013

Ex-priest Patrick McCabe sentenced for child abuse

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A FORMER priest will walk free from jail this weekend despite admitting sexually abusing two young boys.

Patrick McCabe was sentenced to 18 months — but that was commuted to time served as he has spent the last 21 months in custody.

The 77-year-old had pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to molesting James Moran in 1977, and another boy in 1979. Both were 13 at the time.

Waiving his right to anonymity, Mr Moran, now 50, said McCabe’s vile actions ruined his life.

He said he went from being a happy child to contemplating suicide at 18. He added: “I failed my Leaving Cert, failed attempts at relationships but most importantly, felt I had failed my family. I experienced every emotion associated with self-loathing.”

McCabe, formerly of Alameda, California, was extradited to Ireland in June 2011.

Judge Margaret Heneghan said that both victims had described how the abuse at the hands of McCabe has left them “tortured, tormented and haunted”.

One child was abused in the parochial house of the pro-cathedral in Dublin, the other at a school in County Kildare.

He was previously jailed last year for indecently assaulting five other boys.

McCabe was laicised in 1988. He left Ireland at that time and moved to the US.

In 2006 Irish police travelled to Almeda in California to question him about these offences.

He was arrested in the US in August 2010 and extradited to Ireland in June 2011.

McCabe previously told Inspector Jim Doyle he visited Mr Moran at his boarding school in Co Kildare after seeing a photograph of the boy at his parents’ home.

The pervert said: “He met all the requirements to match my fetish. I embraced him and fondled him.”

Judge Heneghan said she had to take into account McCabe’s guilty plea, his admissions to gardai, his remorse and his age.