Murray Alexander Moffat

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Ipswich priest blames girl, 12, for ‘inviting’ him to abuse her

  • From: The Courier-Mail
  • August 27, 2010 9:14AM

AN IPSWICH priest jailed for molesting a girl says he thought his victim, who was 12 at the time, wanted him to kiss and touch her.

Murray Alexander Moffat, now 64, was an assistant priest at Sacred Heart Church at Booval when he sexually abused the girl from 1978 to 1980 – when she was aged between 12 and 15.

Ipswich District Court heard the victim, now aged 43, confronted Moffat last year while wearing a police wire and he admitted the abuse.

But he claimed she encouraged it and kissed him first, The Queensland Times reports

“I made a mistake – you invited me,” Moffat told his victim in the taped conversation.

“I should’ve said no but I didn’t. I thought you wanted me to do that.”

Moffat pleaded guilty to three charges of indecent treatment of a child aged under 16.

He was sentenced to 18 months jail which will be suspended after he serves three months for an operational period of three years.


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