1 Aug 2008

Catholic brother jailed for abusing boys in 1970s

3:23 pm on 1 August 2008

A Catholic brother has been sentenced in the High Court in Christchurch to two years and nine months for abusing boys at a school in the 1970s.

In June, Brother Rodger Moloney, 73, was convicted of seven charges of abuse, which occurred at the St John of God School at Marylands in Christchurch more than 30 years ago.

He was extradited from Australia to face the charges.

Justice Pankhurst described the offending as systematic and opportunistic as Moloney had taken advantage of his position in charge of the school.

Defence lawyer Greg King had sought a sentence of home detention, but the Crown argued that was out of the question.

At the sentencing, one of Moloney's victims read a statement in which he said his life had been ruined by the abuse at the school.

The man says he is pleased the legal process is finished and Moloney has been jailed.