Pedophile Priest Eludes Capture

Attorneys for the California-based law firm Manly, McGuire & Stewart are considering taking out advertisements in Irish newspapers this week for information about the whereabouts of the defrocked Irish pedophile priest Oliver O'Grady.

O'Grady, who was sent to the U.S. soon after he became a priest, spent seven years in prison here for sexually abusing two boys before being deported back to Ireland in 2000. Since then he has admitted to sexually abusing many boys and girls, but to date he has only been convicted for the sexual abuse of two boys.

The former priest was the subject of the 2006 Oscar-nominated documentary film "Deliver Us From Evil," where he openly discussed his sexual abuse of children. O'Grady's victims were also interviewed in the film, where they discussed the impact his abuse has had on their lives.

"Deliver Us From Evil" also shows how high-ranking clergy in California continuously moved O'Grady from one parish to another over several years as allegations of his sexual abuse began to emerge.

Manly, McGuire & Stewart now say they have enough evidence to proceed with more civil actions against O'Grady. Two new male victims have alleged abuse by the former priest in the U.S.

To date however, the firm cannot find O'Grady to serve him with the appropriate papers, and they are now considering hiring private detectives to try and track him down.

John Manley, an attorney attached to the case told the Irish Voice, "There have been reports in the Irish press that we're offering a reward for his capture, but we're not. We've never offered a reward for a pedophile, nor will we. That would be very dangerous for everybody involved."

Manley said his law firm wanted to find O'Grady because they have additional cases against him that they want to serve him with. Two young men, now in their mid-twenties have come forward.

Manley continued, "I strongly suspect that members of the hierarchy in the church are officially or unofficially helping him. The first time we found him he was a block from the bishop's house and rectory in Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

"I can't prove that they are hiding him obviously. And I don't think they're doing it because they care about him. They're simply afraid he's going to talk. With no means of visible support he always seems to find an apartment some place.

"There are very powerful clerics whose fingerprints are on the case and they have a strong vested interest to make sure that the truth doesn't come out. There was an international network where problem priests were sent from Ireland to the U.S. and visa versa in an effort to hide them from civil authorities. I believe that's why he's gotten so difficult to find."

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