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Ex-Priest Sentenced in Australia

September 13, 2002

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SYDNEY, Australia (AP) _ A former Roman Catholic priest was sentenced Friday to more than 10 years in prison for sex offenses against teen-age boys, court officials said.

Vincent Keirin Kiss pleaded guilty last month to 10 charges of indecent assault and three charges of sexual abuse against four boys during 1966 and 1973.

Kiss, 70, was sentenced to 10 1/2 years in prison and cannot be paroled for seven years.

The New South Wales state District Court was told Kiss met his victims, then aged between 13 and 17, while he was a chaplain at a Catholic high school at Albury, 310 miles southwest of Sydney.

Prosecutors said Kiss would take the boys sailing or on trips to Sydney where he would sexually assault them.

Judge Penelope Hock said Kiss’s conduct had been a ``gross breach of trust and exploitation.″

``His conduct was appalling for any adult male, but was rendered more so as a teacher and spiritual adviser to boys of his faith in mind and body,″ she added.

Kiss served time in prison after pleading guilty in 1993 to stealing $990,000 from a charitable trust to fund a lavish lifestyle.

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