Two PRIESTS were jailed last week for sex offences against children, write Andrew M Brown and Bess Twiston Davies.
Fr John Lloyd, a former spokesman for the Archdiocese of Cardiff, was jailed for 21 months last Thursday for sexually assaulting a 13-yearold girl minutes after he had baptised her, pulled off his Roman collar and stared at the floor of the dock as the judge delivered a blistering summary of his "unbelievable" crime.
At Cardiff Crown Court, Mr Justice Rougier said: "There can be few grosser breaches of trust than when a priest sexually abuses a young child. "I find the description of what you did to that girl almost unbelievable." The judge said that within ten minutes of baptising the girl, Fr Lloyd was "giving her an introduction to the nastier aspects of the sins of the flesh".
In the same week, Fr Thomas Doherty, former parish priest at St Joseph's, Todmorden, in West Yorkshire, was jailed for six years at Leeds Crown Court for molesting a teenage boy.
Fr Doherty, an alcoholic, had a sexual relationship with the boy. He had denied two charges of indecent assault, on of attempted buggery and two of buggery, when the boy was aged 14 and 15.