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Boy, 11, punched a priest in a bid to avoid sexual assault

Boy, 11, punched a priest in a bid to avoid sexual assault

A 51-year-old man who cannot be named for legal reasons claims that he was punished after he reported Father Francis Paul Moore, above, for attempting to abuse him in  a Scottish church.

According to this report, the alleged victim was just 11 when he had an encounter with Moore in St Margaret’s Church in Castlepark.

The man says the incident occurred when he had visited the church with his cousin who had been locked in an office with Moore.

He said after he banged on the door to help his cousin, the priest pounced and he knew he was going to be his next victim.

He’s perverted, pathetic and a monster … He pinned me against the wall with his belly pressing up against me. I was only 11 but I could tell what was next.

I punched him in the gut and he fell backwards so I managed to get out of there.

The man said the priest set a gang of older boys on him who beat him up – and was then targeted at school for trying to expose the cleric. He added:

I walked to the police station to try and expose him but they said, ‘what do you want us to do about it?’

I had to apologise and he phoned my school and I got the belt every morning for a month.

Moore, 82, was found guilty earlier this month after it was revealed he terrorised youngsters for decades, subjecting them to horrific sexual abuse.

He was convicted this month of sexual assaults on three young boys – one as young as five – and a trainee priest. He abused one of the boys at St Mark’s Primary School in Irvine, another at the Magnum Leisure Centre and the third at Irvine Beach 40 years ago.

Judge Lady Rae told Moore:

Mr Moore you have abused your position as a priest in the most  horrible manner.You have been  convicted of, particularly in relation to the young children, appalling abuse.The damage such conduct does to young people is immeasurable.

Moore’s trial and conviction prompted the 51-year-old to come forward with his allegation against the former priest.

Moore will be sentenced next month.

7 responses to “Boy, 11, punched a priest in a bid to avoid sexual assault”

  1. Robster says:

    The Catholic compound at the Clergy Wing at the penitentiary must be groaning under the considerable weight of its inmates. Here’s another, to add to the collection.

  2. 1859 says:

    With stories like this surfacing almost daily, I wonder what the recruitment numbers of new, young, would-be priests are?
    And what sort of person would voluntarily expose themselves to being labelled a ‘paedo’, and swear to be celibate for the rest of their lives and promise to not once have the odd wank? They would have to be seriously disturbed to commit to such an existence.

  3. Maggie says:

    Fights off paedo priest and is punished for it? You can see how these child rapists got away with it for centuries when the community actively protects the guilty and vilifies the victim.

  4. cnocspeireag says:

    It would be satisfying if the scum at the school who tortured the child on the paedo’s command could at least be named and shamed, if not actually brought to justice.

  5. gary says:

    Judge Lady Rae told Moore:
    “Mr Moore you have abused your position as a priest in the most horrible manner”.

    Well NO actually. Mr Moore rewarded himself in accordance with the unwritten code of catholic priesthood that priests, because of their dedicated sacrifices in the name of the catholic church (celibacy, low pay, antisocial working hours, no kids of their own, no wife of their own etc.) are quite entitled to use children for the purposes of sexual relief. Bluntly – using children as sex toys. Now thats not me inventing outrageous assertions. No less an expert on Human Rights Law Geoffrey Robertson has stated such. And it seems, by virtue of the number of cases coming to light every day, that he may well be correct.

  6. L.Long says:

    And where was this kid’s ahole parents???
    OH! Right! religious shit heads who think kids are of satan and needs to be punished!

  7. Gaurav Tyagi says:

    @Barry Duke, The following part of the article has a part of the same sentence repeated twice. “He was convicted this month of sexual assaults on three young boys – one as young as five – and a trainee priest. of sexual assaults on three young boys – one as young as five – and a trainee priest”.