A former administrator of Newry Cathedral, the Rev Terence Rafferty, has been sentenced to 100 hours of community service after he pleaded guilty to indecently assaulting a teenage girl over 10 years ago.
Chestnut Grove, Newry, who pleaded guilty at Craigavon Crown Court to
four counts of indecent assault when the girl was 16 and he was 38, was
also given a three-year probation order.
He was banned from working with
children or vulnerable adults for 10 years.
After the judgment,
Kate Walmsley, chairwoman of Survivors and Victims of Institutional
Abuse, called for the Northern Executive to establish a public inquiry
into all cases of clerical child abuse.
The Executive's inquiry into
institutional child abuse does not take in clerical child abuse.
is just the latest in a long line of cases of clerical abuse where
victims have been let down by the authorities," Ms Walmsley said. "Our
abuse cases are not covered by the institutional abuse inquiry now
under way, but we too deserve the truth. The Executive must hear our
call for justice."