A Roman Catholic priest of Aylesbury will be sentenced on March 14 as he was found guilty of abusing six children more than 40 years ago.
Father Francis McDermott at 75, contradicted of committing the said crime, denied of perpetrating 18 indecent assaults; 4 indecent assaults for boys, 2 charges of indecency with a child, a serious sexual assault, and several rape charges which all happened between 1971 to 1979 when he was still a priest in a number of different parishes. Despite the priest’s denial about sex crimes, he was proven guilty.
It was said that McDermott committed the first sex crime when he was still under training to become a priest in London. Further offences were committed after he was ordained as a priest in Norwich and High Wycombe.
One of his victims recorded each sexual encounter with the priest in a diary way back in the summer of 1976. Another one was able to record a conversation she had with the priest, which was shared with the police and became evidence of the priest’s committed crime.
With the shreds of evidence that were presented, the police force contacted the other victims to testify against Father McDermott.
CPS Senior Crown Prosecutor Yasmeen Malik stated that Father Francis took advantage of his religious position to gain the trust of his victims and their families.
The victims showed great courage to admit what they had gone through and gave evidence against McDermott. Their brave actions nailed the sex-mad priest to jail.
Father Francis McDermott of Atlantic Way, Devon will be convicted for having been found guilty by a jury in Aylesbury Crown Court for five counts of indecent assault on a boy under 14 years of age, one count of indecency with a child under 14 years old, and one count of indecent assault with a boy under 16 years of age.