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Former Stannies priest jailed over historic sex assaults – JACINTA CARROLL

St Stanislaus' College, Bathurst.

 St Stanislaus’ College, Bathurst.

A FORMER St Stanislaus’ College priest, teacher and dorm master will spend at least three and a half years in jail for the historic sexual assault of a student under his care.

Glenn Michael Humphreys, now 64, was sentenced on two indictments on Thursday in Sydney’s Downing Centre District Court.

The first indictment, eight counts of indecent assault to which he pleaded guilty, related to the assault of a student under his care at St Stanislaus’ in 1982.

The second indictment – to which he pleaded not guilty but was later found guilty by a jury – included seven counts of indecent assault and one of sexual intercourse without consent, but had no connection to the Bathurst school.

On Thursday, Judge Conlon lifted non-publication orders that had been in place during the trial, saying he saw “no reason to maintain them”.

Humphreys was attached to St Stanislaus’ College between 1978 and 1982 in various roles, including teacher and dorm master. The assaults against the victim occurred over a five-week period in 1982.

Agreed facts revealed the victim had been a boarder at the school when he was called to Humphreys’ room at lights out one night.

Humphreys, who was dorm master at the time, got the student to sit down and listen to music. Humphreys told the student he looked tense and needed a massage. He told the student to take off his top before massaging his back with oil.

The student later left and returned to bed.

One week later, the student was again called to Humphreys’ room where again he massaged his back before instructing the student to lay on his back.

Humphreys removed the student’s pyjamas, which made him feel “vulnerable and exposed”, and massaged his legs before brushing his penis and testicles and masturbating him. He then said to the student “it’s getting late, go back to bed”.

Similar incidents occurred over the next few weeks, including Humphreys forcing the student to masturbate him and Humphreys performing fellatio on the student.

While no threat was made against the victim, Judge Conlon said Humphreys had abused a position of trust to groom the victim. He said at the time of the offence, Humphreys was a 29-year-old man responsible for the welfare of students who took advantage of his position of authority.

In sentencing, Judge Conlon said the offender was now a 64-year-old man whose only conviction on record was in the District Court in Perth on four charges of unlawful indecent assault, for which he served a total of 22 months’ imprisonment.

Since his release, the court heard, Humphreys had undertaken treatment.

In a document tendered to the court in April, Humphreys detailed the stresses which were on him at the time of the offending conduct and spoke about his lack of awareness of skills in setting and maintaining boundaries.

However, Judge Conlon said this was something he found difficult to understand, saying he thought Humphreys’ boundaries “would have been set in stone when he undertook his vows, including the vow of chastity”.

The court also heard that since his release from jail in Western Australia, Humphreys has been living with aged members of the religious community and enjoying the social support of priests of the religious order.

A psychiatrist’s report given to the court spoke of Humphreys’ progress and said he was a below average risk of reoffending. Humphreys’ pre-sentence report also said he was in a low risk category of reoffending, relative to other sex offenders.

References and testimonials provided to the court told how his life’s work was for “the care of others, particularly those in less fortunate circumstances”. The references said Humphreys was held in “high esteem” by all who came in contact with him.

Reverend Burke, who has known the offender since 1974 and visited him in jail in Western Australia, said while in custody he was dedicated to helping fellow inmates.

In sentencing, Judge Conlon found Humphreys’ lack of offending for 32 years and his service to the community meant he was unlikely to reoffend.

While he did not accept the offender pleaded guilty to the charges relating to Bathurst at the earliest opportunity, he said the timing of his plea still carried some utilitarian value.

Humphreys was convicted on both indictments and sentenced to an aggregate term of seven years and six months in jail, expiring on December 19, 2025. A non-parole period of three years and six months will expire on December 19, 2021.

Judge Conlon recommended Humphreys be jailed in a minimum security facility.
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Gosford Anglican Church Lifts Billboard Game With YES YES To Marriage Equality

Gosford Anglican Church Lifts Billboard Game With YES YES To Marriage Equality

According to Bower, before last night’s 6 o’clock mass, 200,000 people had read the above post, while by Sunday morning that number had gone up to three quarters of a billion.

The Facebook page updated their profile photo yesterday to Australian Marriage Equality‘s rainbow Australia logo. They also updated their cover photo to a picture from the Republic of Ireland‘s Yes Equality campaign, which saw the notoriously religious nation vote ‘Yes’ in a referendum on same-sex marriage in 2015.

Gosford Anglican Church posted a pro-marriage equality billboard on Monday as the LNPmet to discuss the issue, and another on Friday, which pushed congregants to register with the Australian Electoral Commission.

In that post, Bower says that while he is opposed to the plebiscite, he will participate and vote yes. He also points to the unintended consequences of the huge amount of extra people now registered to vote – “several hundred thousand millennials start[ing] to participate in the political process“.

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In Bower’s sermon today, he tried to extrapolate the dynamics of the same-sex marriage debate already unfolding in this country by talking about people who fit neatly into mainstream society as ‘on a boat’, while those on the fringes in marginalised communities are outside of that boat.

He used that metaphor to talk about people being disrespectful of other’s views on social media, and the opportunity presented by – whodathunkit? – actually listening to each other.

It will be a conversation between people who are firmly in the boat, and people who have always been tossed around, on the margins, outside the boat in the storm.

No matter whether we agree with marriage equality or whether we think marriage is between a man and a woman, we oughta be able to be in our boat, but we need to be able to hear the cries of those who are being tossed around on the waves.

There is an insistent call to grow, to develop, to get out of the boat. When we get out of that boat and start engaging with people who may be different to us – who may have different views, who may have a different idea about what that boat should be like – when we start getting our feet wet, we’ll all of a sudden discover that we have begun to climb the mountain.

The Naked “Orthodox Priests” Calendar Is Back With A Message For Anti-Gay Putin

The “Orthodox Priests” have returned for their third annual calendar, this year focusing on “Social Tolerance” as their theme.

The calendar’s organizers told The Huffington Post that the photos do not feature any actual priests. The models are gay-friendly members “of the Orthodox Church” who have stripped down for the shoot “because they believe – like us – in freedom of speech, tolerance, equality and human rights.”

 

Watch the provocative and sexy trailer below:

For more information – www.orthodox-calendar.com