The Catholic order of a former priest jailed today for sexually abusing boys at a New Zealand school says it will supervise him for the rest of his life after he is deported back to Australia.
Rodger William Moloney, now 73 and in ill-health, was jailed for two years and nine months by Justice Graham Panckhurst in the High Court at Christchurch today, the New Zealand Press Association reported.
He will be deported after serving his sentence.
Moloney was found guilty at a trial in June on three charges of indecently assaulting boys under 16 and four of inducing them to do indecent acts.
He was acquitted of 16 other similar offences.
The head of the Brothers of St John of God, Brother Timothy Graham, said justice had not merely been done, but had been seen to be done.
"Quite possibly, no other matter had been subject to such comprehensive and rigorous investigation and scrutiny," he said today.
"I repeat my unreserved apology and that of the Brothers of St John of God to each and every victim of sexual abuse as well as profound sadness for the crimes that took place at Marylands all those years ago," Brother Graham said.
The Brothers of St John of God purposefully retained him in the order so he could be so supervised and when he was returned to Australia, he would be similarly housed and supervised for the rest of his life.