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Review highlights concerns regarding former Holy Cross priest

News / Tue 25th Apr 2017 at 05:19pm

CONCERNS raised about a Catholic priest later jailed for sexual assault were not acted upon or taken seriously by the Church, a review has found.

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Anthony McSweeney, 70, was jailed for three years in 2015 for abusing a boy at a west London care home reports BBC Essex.

In the wake of the case an independent review was commissioned by the Dioceses of Brentwood and East Anglia.

The review said McSweeney was found with videos of adolescent boys in 1998 but this was not reported to police.

The review revealed how McSweeney was moved in 1999 from the Diocese of Brentwood, where he served at Saint Luke’s in Harlow and at Saint Peter’s in Eastwood, to St George’s Parish, Norwich, which is part of the Diocese of East Anglia, after the tapes were discovered.

McSweeney’s abuse conviction related to indecent assault and making indecent images of children between 1979 and 1981.

He was investigated as part of a police probe into allegations of a paedophile ring at the Grafton Close Children’s Home in Hounslow.

In 1984, McSweeney was ordained at Ilford.

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