Leniency for priest whom Hinch shamed

A former priest and convicted paedophile has had three child sex charges quashed and his jail term for a series of others substantially reduced.

AAP reports that Michael Charles Glennon, 59, was sentenced in October 2003 to 18 years prison, with a 15 year minimum, in relation to almost 30 molestation charges against four victims between 1983 and 1991.

The term was increased to 20 years by adding on two years of the sentence he was already serving.

Most of the offences were committed at youth camps held at Karaglen, a rural property at Lancefield, north of Melbourne, which Glennon helped establish and operate.

The charges were dealt with in two separate trials in 2003, with the first being suppressed until the conclusion of the second.

Glennon appealed the outcomes of both trials in the Court of Appeal on 19 grounds, including that the trial judge erred in admitting some evidence.

He claimed a miscarriage of justice resulted from the failure of the trial judge to give certain warnings or directions to the jurors.

The former priest was convicted of sexually abusing 15 children between 1974 and 1991, mostly at Karaglen.

He became notorious in the mid-1980s after radio broadcaster Derryn Hinch mounted a public attack suggesting he was using his position as a priest to lure children to his youth camp. Hinch spent 12 days in jail in 1987 and was fined $15,000 for contempt of court after he revealed Glennon's 1978 sex conviction while a trial was pending.

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18 Nov 2005