Appeal lodged against Salesian's child abuse penalty

An appeal has been lodged against the prison sentence given to a Fr Frank Klep, on the gounds that the one-year minimum jail term jail sentence handed out in December is manifestly inadequate.

The Herald-Sun reports that the appeal was lodged by the Director of Public Prosecutions, Paul Coghlan, QC.

Klep, 62, was sentenced for molesting 11 schoolboys in the 1970s.

The former Salesian College principal pleaded guilty to 14 charges of indecent assault on boys aged 12 to 17.

County Court judge Frances Hogan sentenced him to three years' jail, with two years of the term suspended.

Klep had previously been convicted and sentenced to a nine-month intensive corrections order in 1994. More complaints were made after media coverage of that case.

Child abuse penalty appeal lodged (Herald-Sun 8/2/06)

'Selfless dedication' prompts lighter sentence for priest (CathNews 19/12/05)
Salesian "preyed on ill pupils" (CathNews 12/12/05)
Salesian in court on 29 child sex charges (CathNews 30/3/05)
Abuser 'not moved to avoid police' (CathNews 31/7/04)
Salesians 'knew of Klep allegations' (CathNews 29/6/04)
Salesian arrested at Melbourne Airport (CathNews 28/6/04)
Fr Klep being deported from Samoa (CathNews 25/6/04)

Priest calls for George to resign (Daily Southtown 7/2/06)
14 years of exile finally end as Bishop Casey returns (Irish Independent 6/2/06)
Ex-Vatican official wanted on Ontario sex charges (Globe and Mail 2/2/06)

8 Feb 2006