Priest gets seven years for sexual abuse

Fr Denis Nolan

Former Parish Priest of Rathnew, Denis Nolan, has been jailed for seven years for abusing local man John Paul Stafford (19).

Wicklow Circuit Court in Bray today heard that Nolan abused his victim on several occasions over a five year period, beginning when he was just 12 years old.

Stafford, now a dance teacher, bravely waived his anonymity meaning he can be identified.

Nolan was jailed for seven years beginning immediately.

In a statement, the Catholic Church said Archbishop Diarmuid Martin was “distressed” by the case.

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