Paedophile priest jailed for three years

Paedophile priest jailed for three years

Anthony McSweeney, 68, a ‘voyeuristic’ Catholic priest who sexually assaulted a teenage boy at a children’s home in west London, was today jailed for three years.

McSweeney, together with his friend John Stingemore, abused the 15-year-old while working at Grafton Close Children’s Home in Hounslow.  Stingemore, the manger of the care home died before the trial.

As part of his defence, McSweeny said he was too fat to fit a teenager on him.

The priest, who has been described as morbidly obese, used his condition as a defence when he denied molesting boys between 1979 and 1981.

As well indecent assault, he was also found guilty of three counts of making indecent images of children.

The priest was investigated as part of a police probe into allegations of a paedophile ring at Grafton Close.

At his sentencing at Southwark Crown Court, Judge Alistair McCreath said:

He has a voyeuristic interest in children, either in seeing them unclothed, or in seeing them sexually abused by others.

The judge said the priest had abused his position of trust and there was no doubt the children observed by the priest had suffered sexual harm of a psychological nature.

McSweeney was not banished by the Catholic Church even though it had evidence of his activities.

During the trial, it emerged the Catholic Church had almost dismissed him when his cleaner found sex toys, truncheons and indecent videos of teenage boys at St Peter’s Catholic Church in Essex in 1998.

But after six months he was moved to a new parish, St George’s, in Norwich – after he was threatened with being “banished” from the priesthood.

Judge McCreath added that McSweeney posed a “high risk of serious harm” to children, via sexual assault and exploitation through sexual images.

Earlier in the trial, the priest confessed to jurors he had watched children in the shower and collected indecent videos of children.


The priest said he watched footage featuring boys as young as ten on a home cinema with Stingemore, above.

Prosecutor Sarah Plaschkes QC said:

This was a joint enterprise by both men, to use the victim for their own sexual gratification.

She said McSweeney had specifically targeted:

A particularly vulnerable child.

Hat tip: Angela K and AgentCormac

10 responses to “Paedophile priest jailed for three years”

  1. 1859 says:

    Dig up Stingmore’s corpse and let the dogs feed on his rotting flesh.

  2. cnocspeireag says:

    I’m rather more careful about my dogs’ diet.

  3. Trevor Blake says:

    Why are rapist clergy moved to a new parish? Because Pope John XXII established this as policy in 1962 in the “Crimine Solicitaciones” and the policy is still in effect. Infallible moral authority, indeed.

  4. Robster says:

    The Corrections Department collection of Criminal Clergy is forever growing.
    Do they keep them corralled in the same pen, or break them up into their particular tribes to try keep the peace? I do wonder if, for entertainment purposes, they let them all loose in the same place after a tasty chow of Jesus flesh and blood? Does the other mob (the ones with beards and women in black bags) do the Eat The Deity thing too? After the food, unleash them and see what happens, there’ll be either blood or endless belief confirmation. Since they all sing from different hymn books, I’d go the blood, they all like blood and death and stuff. We need a reality TV series.

  5. Angela_K says:

    This is one of many religious men who claim Atheists have no morals because they have no belief in gods; judging from the daily reports of religious sexual abuse and slaughter, I’d say “religious morals” are not morals at all.

    The Catholic church doing what it has always done and continues to do: cover up scandals so the gullible keep putting their money in the collection plate.

  6. barriejohn says:

    Angela_K: Atheists are incapable of moral behaviour, as illustrated by a noted American intellectual.

    Many will have seen that article already, I know; and the allegation has been referred to in a comment here previously.

  7. zombiehunter says:

    three years, that’ll teach ’em (sarcasm)

  8. Marky Mark says:

    Three years in prison known to the other prisoners as a child molester is no easy internment from the record as to how child molesters are treated by other prisoners…The beatings he will receive will be justly deserved.

  9. edwords says:

    Prisons should protect prisoners from ‘inmate justice’.

  10. edwords says:

    He received a death sentence (from his d— cigarettes.)