Ex-Stannies priest jailed

A FORMER priest at St Stanislaus’ College has been sentenced to 15 months’ jail after pleading guilty to four counts of gross indecency with a male under the age of 18.

Fr Kevin Francis Phillips was sentenced by Judge Hock in the Sydney District Court on April 21 after pleading guilty to the four charges on December 3 last year.

A suppression order was placed on Phillips’ matter by Judge Hock on April 21 preventing any publication in relation to the matter until the conclusion of former college headmaster Peter Dwyer's trial.

Mr Dwyer was acquitted of all charges on Monday.

Phillips’ charges related to incidents at the school in 1990 when he was the chaplain.

At the time, the priest was responsible for the pastoral care of staff and students and was involved in the school's tutoring program.

When charges were laid Phillips was practising as a priest in Mackay in Queensland. He had left the Vincentians and had joined another order.

Phillips, now in custody, was sentenced on four counts of gross indecency with a male under 18.

On the first three counts he was sentenced to a concurrent term of imprisonment of nine months starting on April, 21, 2011 and expiring on January 20, 2012.

Judge Hock said no non-parole periods were set as no useful purpose would be served by doing so.

On the final charge of gross indecency by a male with a male under 18 years Phillips was sentenced to a term of imprisonment of nine months to start on October 21, 2011 and expiring on July 20, 2012 with a non-parole period of three months.

Pursuant to Section 51 of the Crimes (Sentencing Procedure) Act Judge Hock also directed the offender’s parole not to be subject to supervision, entitling him to return to Queensland on his release.

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