Fr. Oliver O’Grady
Convicted pedophile priest Oliver O’Grady, who served at St. Anne’s Catholic Church in the 1970s, was arrested on Friday on charges of possessing thousands of pictures of child pornography, according to the Dublin Times newspaper in Ireland and Catholic canon lawyer Patrick Wall.
O’Grady was arrested at his Dublin hostel just after 7 a.m. Ireland time, the Times reported. Authorities found child pornography photos on O’Grady’s laptop and a hard drive, the newspaper reported.
O’Grady, 65, was released from custody on bail that amounts to 500 euro, the equivalent of about $750, Wall said on Sunday. He is next due in court on Friday.
Oliver O’Grady previously served seven years at Mule Creek State Prison in Ione after pleading guilty to four counts of sexual abuse with children under 14 in Calaveras County while he a priest in San Andreas.
He served at St. Anne’s in Lodi from 1971-78 and at parishes in Stockton, Turlock, Hughson and San Andreas from 1979 until his arrest in 1993.
O’Grady was paroled from Mule Creek in 2000 and deported to his native Ireland.
A documentary about O’Grady’s life, called “Deliver Us From Evil,” was released in 2006. Much of the movie involved interviews with Bob and Maria Jyono of Lodi, whose daughter was sexually abused by O’Grady. The film is available free.
Since being deported to Ireland, O’Grady moved to Holland, where he volunteered at a parish and organized birthday parties at a McDonald’s restaurant there, Wall said. He grew a beard and went by Brother Francis (Francis is his middle name), Wall added.
“We don’t blame Oliver,” Wall said. “He can’t control himself. It was the people who were supposed to supervise him (we blame).
“The only reason it came out is that, like all criminals, Oliver made a mistake,” Wall said. “He was coming back (to Ireland) from Holland and left his laptop on the plane.”
Authorities found videos and still photos of child pornography on his computer, with victims as young as the age of 2, Wall said.
O’Grady had applied for Dutch citizenship, but he returned to Ireland after someone saw him in “Deliver Us From Evil” in Holland and reported him to police, Wall said.