Priest who repeatedly raped and indecently assaulted boys convicted of child sex offences

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A Catholic priest who repeatedly raped and indecently assaulted boys more than 25 years ago has been convicted of child sex offences.

Father Eugene Fitzpatrick, 68, was found guilty by a jury at Blackfriars Crown Court today [25/05/2017] of raping a boy on multiple occasions between 1986 and 1992.

Fitzpatrick was working in Our Lady & Saint Joseph Roman Catholic Church in Kingsland in the borough of Hackney at the time.

He was also found guilty of 11 counts relating to non-consensual sexual activity with another child in the 1960s and 1970s. The first assault took place in Tufnell Park in 1965 when Fitzpatrick was 17 years old and the boy was under the age of 8.

Mubeena Cockar-Khan, London CPS reviewing lawyer, said: "Eugene Fitzpatrick repeatedly indecently assaulted one boy and raped another for his own gratification.

"He denied the offences but brave victim testimony led to these verdicts.

"As part of the CPS commitment to supporting victims and witnesses, the first victim was able to give part of his evidence using a pre-recorded video shown to the jury.

"We thank them for coming forward and supporting this prosecution and hope today's verdicts provide a sense of justice for these historic offences against them."

Fitzpatrick [born 06/12/1948] was remanded in custody to be sentenced tomorrow [26 May].

Notes for Editors:

Victim 1:

  • Indecent assault - 01/01/1966 - 31/12/1966
  • Indecency with a child - 01/01/1966 - 31/12/1966
  • Indecent assault - 01/01/1966- 31/12/1966
  • Indecent assault - 01/01/1973 - 31/12/1973
  • Indecent assault - 01/01/1973 - 31/12/1973
  • Indecency with a child - 30/07/1972 - 29/07/1973
  • Indecent assault - 01/01/1973 - 31/12/1973
  • Indecent assault - 01/01/1973 - 31/12/1973
  • Indecency with a child - 30/07/1972 - 29/07/1973
  • Indecent assault - 01/01/1973 - 31/12/1973
  • Indecency with a child - 30/07/1972 - 29/07/1973

Victim 2:

  • Buggery - the legal charge for offences before 1996 - 01/01/1986 - 06/10/1992
  • Buggery - 01/01/1986 - 06/10/1992

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