Well, the harvest keeps rolling in. Here’s the latest installment:
An Irish-born Chilean priest convicted of sexually abusing a minor while chaplain at a school in Santiago was sentenced to four years of probation Tuesday.
A court in the Chilean capital also banned the Rev. John O’Reilly from any job near children and ordered that his genetic data be added to a registry for abusers.
O’Reilly, who has denied any wrongdoing, was not present during the sentencing. Prosecutors had asked for a 10-year prison sentence.
The court found O’Reilly guilty last month, saying he abused a young girl while he was the spiritual guide at the Cumbres school in the affluent neighborhood of Las Condes.
Relatives had accused the priest of molesting two pre-teen girls between 2010 and 2012. The court absolved him in one case.
O’Reilly arrived in Chile in the mid-1980s and was granted Chilean citizenship in 2008. He is a member of the Legion of Christ, the once-respected conservative order that fell into scandal after it was revealed that its founder had fathered a child and had sexually abused seminarians.
There is nothing that LC and RC did or can do that cannot be done by some other order. Shut. It. Down.