Catholic priest assaults young boy at children’s home and records the abuse

Father Anthony McSweeney 
By: Tanya Malhotra 

A Catholic priest was arrested, charged and convicted of sexual assault after sexually assaulting a young boy at a children’s home, prosecutors in the United Kingdom said.

Father Anthony McSweeney, 68, of Old Brighton Road North, Pease Pottage, Crawley, was found guilty at the Southwark Crown Court, after assaulting the boy while he worked at the Grafton Close children’s home in Hanworth, London.

The offense relates to one male victim, aged under 16.

McSweeney was convicted of indecent assault of a boy under the age of 16 years and three counts of making a quantity of indecent photographs of children.

McSweeney worked at the children’s home as a helper. He was never formally employed by The Royal Borough of Richmond-upon-Thames.

This role brought him into contact with the young boys who resided at the home. McSweeney will be sentenced at the Southwark Crown Court.