Paedophile priest jailed for crimes committed decades ago

CONVICTED paedophile priest Finian Egan has been sentenced to at least four years jail for child sex crimes committed in New South Wales more than three decades ago.

A jury found Egan, 78, guilty last month in the Sydney District Court of seven counts of indecent assault and one count of rape between 1961 and 1987.

He committed the crimes while he worked as a Catholic priest at Leichhardt and Carlingford in Sydney and The Entrance on the Central Coast.

The court was told he targeted girls aged between 10 and 17.

In sentencing on Friday (Dec 20) Judge Robyn Tupman said Egan "had escaped punishment for 50 years".

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