UK jury convicts ex-priest of sexual abuse of boys

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Posted: Oct 22, 2010 9:43 AM
UK jury convicts ex-priest of sexual abuse of boys

A British judge has sentenced a former Roman Catholic priest to 21 years in jail after he was convicted of 21 charges of sexual offenses against boys.

The defendant, 73-year-old James Robinson, 73, had denied the charges. He was accused of abusing boys from 1959 to 1983. He was ordained in 1971.

Judge Patrick Thomas described Robinson on Friday as devious and manipulative. Thomas says "the offenses you committed were unimaginably wicked and caused immense and long-lasting _ we can only hope not permanent _ damage to the six victims."

Robinson left Britain in 1985 and moved to California. Police issued an arrest warrant against him after he was tracked down by a BBC program and challenged in person by one of his accusers.

He was arrested in Duarte, California, last year and extradited.