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Melbourne priest returns to court on fourth abuse charge

A retired priest was yesterday given a suspended three-month jail term after admitting to the indecent assault of an altar boy almost 45 years ago.

Desmond Lawrence Gannon, 74, of Box Hill, was sentenced for fondling the boy, then 14, at Carnegie in 1958-59.

The County Court heard the boy told his parents of the incident but they accused him of lying. He told police in 2000 after Gannon was sentenced for similar crimes.

Prosecutor Andrew Tinney said the victim's relationship with his parents was never the same. They died before knowing his allegations were true.

It is the fourth time Gannon has been in court for sexually abusing boys in the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s.


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22 Aug 2003