Fr Wilfred Baker
Father Wilfred James Baker (also known as Father Bill Baker or Fr Billy Baker), Melbourne archdiocese, 4 years jail (parole after 2 years) for offences against boys. See our story here.
Father Roger Michael Bellemore
This Marist priest was sentenced in Tasmania in 2006 to five years' jail (with parole after 3 years) for offences against schoolboys. After he had spent nine months in jail, the appeal court granted him a re-trial. In February 2008, another jury found Bellemore guilty and he was sentenced to four years' jail. See our story here.
Warren Douglas Booth was training to become a priest when he sexually assaulted a 12-year-old boy in the showers at a public pool in Campbelltown in Sydney's south-west. Booth was sentenced in 1996 to 12 months jail.
Brian David Cairns
In 1970 Brian Cairns became a member of the Christian Brothers order in Queensland and, as Brother Cairns, he taught primary students at several Catholic schools in Brisbane. By 1975, he had left the Christian Brothers and he then taught primary classes (as Mister Cairns) at several other Brisbane Catholic schools until 1984, when he was charged with sexual offences against 12 male pupils aged between 10 and 12 years. In the Brisbane District Court in 1985, he was found guilty of three counts of attempted sodomy, eight counts of gross indecency and 32 counts of indecent treatment of schoolboys. The offences extended over several years and Cairns was headmaster for some of that time. Judge Kimmins sentenced him to seven years' jail. In 2003, some of the victims sought advice from Broken Rites about initiating civil action against the Brisbane archdiocese.
Br Greg Carter,
Marist Brother Gregory James Carter (born 4 July 1957) was sentenced in Queensland in 1997 to 18 months jail (with release after six months served) after pleading guilty to multiple charges of indecent treatment of a 15-year-old boy who was a boarder at St Augustine's Marist Brothers' College in Cairns, north Queensland. See our story here.
Fr Richard Cattell
Father Richard St John Cattell, of the Parramatta diocese, NSW, was sentenced in 1994 to 3 years jail (2 years minimum), after pleading guilty to five counts of indecently assaulting a boy. The boy had gone to Cattell to complain about having been molested by a teacher. Cattell, who was the vicar-general of the diocese, was the administrator whose role it was to receive complaints about sexual abuse in the diocese. See more about Cattell in a Broken Rites story about the Parramatta diocese here.
Fr Patrick Cleary
Father Patrick Joseph Cleary, Brisbane archdiocese, 5-15 mths jail for offences against boys. See our story here.
Fr Peter L. Comensoli
Father Peter Lewis Comensoli, then aged 55, of the Wollongong diocese, NSW, was sentenced in 1994 to 24 months jail (18 months minimum), after pleading guilty to the indecent assault of two altar boys. Comensoli's adult parishioners regarded him as a trustworthy priest, but behind the presbytery doors he befriended young boys, plied them with alcohol, played pornographic videos, used obscene language and wrestled naked with the boys, indecently assaulting them. In 2006, Father Peter L. Comensoli was still listed as a priest of the Wollongong diocese; the listing said he is on leave from Wollongong and living in Melbourne, with a post office box at Coburg. Wollongong sources told Broken Rites in 2006 that Father Peter Comensoli is doing casual work as a chaplain in Melbourne.
Fr Paul Connolly
Father Paul Anthony Connolly, Hobart archdiocese, was sentenced in 2001 to eight months jail (suspended after serving four months) for multiple indecent assaults of a girl aged about 14. After the jailing, the Hobart archdiocese continued to list Connolly as a "supplementary" priest of the archdiocese. See our story here.
Fr Neville Creen
Father Neville Joseph Creen molested young girls while he served as a priest at Mount Isa, north-west Queensland (in the Townsville diocese), from 1973 to 1981. In Brisbane District Court in 2003 and 2004, Creen admitted to indecently dealing with 20 girls under the age of 13. One girl was aged just five when Creen abused her at a youth camp and later at the home of her grandparents. Creen was sentenced to three-and-half years' jail (suspended after 14 months). Judge Ian Wylie said Creen had used his position as a priest and his standing in the community to intimidate the girls into remaining silent about their ordeals. See our story here.
Fr David Daniel
In July 2000, Melbourne Catholic priest Father David Daniel was sentenced to six years' jail, with parole after 4.5 years, for offences against four boys, a girl and an adult male. This priest's last parish was St Brigid's, Healesville. See our story here.