Friday, September 03, 2010

Fr Eugene Lewis jailed for sexual abuse

Another pedopastor is heading to prison. Fr Eugene Lewis, a 78-year-old Catholic priest, is heading to prison for indecently assaulting  three sisters in the 60s and 70s. His abuse was based on power, authority, and silence.

The court heard the girls’ parents welcomed the visits, not only by Lewis but by the other White Fathers and students. They felt they would be beneficial for the children because of their experiences in life, in travelling the world and their Catholic ethos.

The court was told that Lewis in particular would spend time with the girls, telling them stories. The sisters did not tell each other or anyone else of the offences at the time.

They told the court they did not feel able to do so as the White Fathers were, to an extent, revered by their parents.

Lewis plans to appeal. I hope they keep in jail until the appeals are heard.