A former Christian Brother from the North Monastery in Cork was told today that he could thank the victim he sexually assaulted for the fact that he was not going to prison.
Garry Creevey (aged 57) of The Bungalow, Kilquiggan, Tullow, Co Carlow, was facing a jail term until the victim of the sexual assault came forward to state for the second time that he did not want to see the accused going to jail.
“Mr Creevey can be very grateful to Mr (injured party’s name),” Judge Con O’Leary said at Cork District Court as he imposed a suspended six-month sentence on Creevey.
The judge had indicated yesterday that four months in prison was appropriate for what was an invasion of the personal integrity of the injured party.
The injured party felt that his complaint had been validated by Creevey’s plea of guilty.
“He allowed me the chance to speak here today. I can’t direct you (the judge) but there are other individuals (sexual offenders) who are not contrite. I would just like to say he has given me my day in
Defence solicitor, Frank Buttimer, who made lengthy submissions in mitigation said it was incredibly decent for the injured party to say he had not desire to see the defendant going to jail.
Mr Buttimer called evidence to show the lengths to which Creevey had gone in addressing his sexual and psychiatric problems through the Grenada Institute for child sex offenders and victims.
Mr Buttimer said the defendant had been the victim of similar abuse at an earlier time and was only 22 or 23 when he sexually assaulted the victim in the present case.
Clinical psychiatrist, Patrick Randall, from the Grenada Institute said the defendant was a low risk of reoffending and had undergone 86 sessions of psychotherapy. He described him as an active participant in his own therapy.
Mr Randall said that deprivation of emotional and sexual contact and isolation from those of his own age would have been contributory reasons for Creevey’s offending behaviour.
Detective Inspector John Quilter said the Brother indecently assaulted the injured party on an unknown date in 1972 in the school gym where he took down the boy's pants and underpants and rubbed his penis.
The injured party said when the case was in court in September: "I get recurring dreams about it. I was trying to put it away and make it go away. I have been getting counselling for a number of years. It is a crime. It is appalling for a young child to be put through that terror.
"I didn't know what I had done to deserve this. I felt an immense sense of terror at having to go to this class (it occurred when he was in fourth or fifth class and the defendant was the class teacher for the whole year).
"I have not been able to live a normal life. I have had difficulties with people in authority, difficulties with alcohol, I have found it difficult to hold down a job. I feel a sense of underachievement.
"Growing up I had problems with sexual identity and propensity, a feeling that real men don't get abused."