Retired priest Francis McDermott sentenced to nine years and 11 months behind bars

Retired Catholic priest Francis McDermott, who practiced at Our Lady of the Lourdes Church in Bedgrove, has been sentenced at Aylesbury Crown Court today (Thursday).

Father McDermott has been jailed for nine years and 11 months.

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An NSPCC spokesperson said: “McDermott used his trusted position as a priest to not only groom children but also their families in order to commit sickening abuse.

“He probably thought he had long got away with his vile crimes but the young people he manipulated and abused all those years ago have today helped put him behind bars.

“Their courage shows that it is never too late to report abuse and for victims who may have suffered for years in silence to come forward and get support.”