Ex-priest pleads guilty to child sex abuse 20 years ago
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Ex-priest pleads guilty to child sex abuse 20 years ago

CONVICTED paedophile priest Daniel John Curran has pleaded guilty to sexually abusing a boy in Northern Ireland 20 years ago.

It's the sixth time the 68-year-old  has faced sexual abuse charges.

Curran appeared at Downpatrick Crown Court where the court clerk having put the charge to him, that of indecent assault on a date unknown between 16 August 1989 and 18 August 1991, he said simply that he was “guilty.”

In applying for bail pending sentence, Mr Dillon revealed that sentences for Curran’s previous convictions resulted in jail sentences totalling 16 years “either immediate or suspended".

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Ordering a pre-sentence report and listing the sentencing hearing on September 6,  Judge Piers Grant said it was “with some hesitation” that he would free Curran but warned that his decision “should not be interpreted as any indication that a non-custodial sentence will be imposed.”

Leaving court a few minutes later, Curran kept his head down as he was verbally abused by a man outside the court.

Curran, of Bryansford Avenue in Newcastle will be sentenced in September, but until then he has been granted bail.