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Defrocked priest guilty of sexually abusing boys

July 3, 2013

VIENNA (AP) — An Austrian court has found a defrocked Roman Catholic priest guilty of sexually and physically abusing dozens of boys and has sentenced him to 15 years in prison.

Alfons August Mandorfer was convicted Wednesday on charges arising from his time as a director of a school run by a monastery in the Upper Austrian town of Kremsmuenster. He held that position between 1973 and 1993.

Mandorfer was dismissed as a priest after several former pupils accused him several years ago of abuse.

Hundreds of alleged sexual victims of Catholic clergy in Austria have come forward in recent years as part of pedophilia accusations rocking the church internationally.

His victims testified that they were the targets of sexual abuse, beatings with a cattle whip, kicks and other forms of violence.

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