Francis Brophy leaves the Supreme Court in Brisbane, Thursday, August 17, 2017
Francis Brophy leaves the Supreme Court in Brisbane, Thursday, August 17, 2017

Catholic brother guilty of sex abuse

A CATHOLIC brother who taught music at a Queensland orphanage has been found guilty of abusing a teenage boy in his care in the early 1980s.

Francis Brophy had been on trial in the Brisbane District Court fighting allegations he abused the teen, who lived at a BoysTown facility in the Scenic Rim Region between 1981 and 1983.

The jury retired to start deliberations on Friday, returning this afternoon to convict him of a total of five offences, including three counts of indecent treatment and two of carnal knowledge.

However, he was also acquitted of one count of each charge.

It came after the trial heard Brophy's victim, who had wanted to learn guitar, was first abused in early 1982.

The years of mistreatment began during what was meant to be a private lesson in a shed at the BoysTown facility, crown prosecutor Michael Lehane said.

"(Brophy) in essence sexually exploited (the boy) in a very grave way," he told the jury in his opening remarks.

Judge William Everson was expected to sentence Brophy this afternoon.

News Corp Australia


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