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Former Catholic Priest Sentenced To More Than 10 Years' Prison For Child Sex Offenses

Sep 13, 2002 | AP A former Roman Catholic priest was sentenced Friday to more than 10 years in prison for sex offenses against teenage 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 between 1966 and 1973.

Kiss, 70, was sentenced to 10 1/2 years in prison with a non-parole period of 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, 500 kilometers (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 has been in prison before, serving time after pleading guilty in 1993 to stealing 1.8 million Australian dollars (dlrs 990,000) from a charitable trust to fund a lavish lifestyle of world travel and high society functions.

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