Disgraced former priest Daniel Curran to be sentenced next week

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A disgraced former Catholic priest will learn next week if he is to serve any more time in custody after he admitted sexually a young altar boy at his family cottage in Co Down over 20 years ago.

Reserving his decision yesterday at Downpatrick Crown Court, Judge Piers Grant told Daniel Curran that he will pass sentence on Monday.

Curran, 64, of Bryansford Avenue, Newcastle, pleaded guilty to one count of gross indecency towards a male child and also admitted a single charge of indecent assault on the same victim.

The offences took place between August 1990 and August 1993 at a cottage in the seaside village of Tyrella, Co Down when the victim was aged between seven and 10.

Curran, who the court heard has already served the equivalent of a 21-year sentence for his previous catalogue of sexual abuse of young boys, was released on continuing bail.