Ex-Priest Jailed For A Second Time For Child Abuse

A NSW former Catholic priest already serving a lengthy jail term for molesting children will now be behind bars until at least 2036 for sexually abusing three more altar boys more than 30 years ago.

John Joseph Farrell, now 65, was sentenced on Friday in the NSW District Court for sex offences committed between November 1981 and December 1983 at Moree and Narrabri when he was a priest working primarily at St Francis Xavier Catholic Church at Moree.

"The victims in each instance were school children who attended the local parish school at Moree, St Philomena's, and who were also altar boys at the church where the prisoner worked as a deacon then a priest," said Judge Stephen Norrish.

He jailed Farrell for nine years six months with a non-parole period of five years six months.

In 2016, another District Court judge jailed Farrell for 29 years with a non-parole period of 18 years for grooming and molesting nine altar boys and three girls between December 1979 and December 1988 at Moree and Tamworth.

The sentence imposed by Judge Norrish overlaps by two years with the earlier term, meaning Farrell will now be eligible for parole in December 2036 -- when he will be 81.

As well as taking into account the terrible harm done to the three victims, Judge Norrish noted the enormous impact upon the community.

"The prisoner's conduct must have had a demoralising effect upon the members of the Catholic community of Moree up until the present time," he said.

"Even to 'non-Catholic' observers the character and extent of his offending whilst in Moree beggars belief."

Farrell was one focus of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

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