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Paedophile priest jailed

Friday, March 9th 2012 15:24

Former Staffordshire priest sentenced to 22 years

A former Staffordshire priest jailed for 22 years for sexually abusing eight young boys over two decades.

58 year old Alexander Bede Walsh was convicted last month of 21 sexual offences during his time working at children's homes and churches in Cheadle, and two locations in Warwickshire.

A 10-day trial at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court heard that the Catholic clergyman used his "revered" status to prey on his victims.

The abuse, described to the court as "serial and predatory", took place between 1975 and 1993.

At the same court this afternoon, Judge Glenn told him: "Shameless accurately describes your attitude to these proceedings, you have shown no remorse at any time.

"In fact, the jury was satisfied you lied repeatedly to them."

The judge told him: "You used God's name as a lever ... manipulating God's teaching for your own devices."

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