A former Catholic priest has been sentenced to 29 years in jail for sexually abusing children more than 30 years ago.
John Joseph Farrell's 12 victims were boys and girls that he attacked in his Moree church, at public pools and sometimes in their own homes.
The 62 year old often committed the crimes after gaining the trust of the victim's family. Many of the children were altar servers.
Farrell refused to meet the eyes of his many victims in court on Monday, as a judge outlined the horrific crimes he committed in the 1970s and 80s.
Pedophile NSW ex-priest awaits sentence
The former priest sexually assaulted nine boys and three girls, who were aged between nine and 18.
All of the victims were too afraid to tell anyone of their pain until almost thirty years later.
“It is a long time, especially when you’re hiding and you think people know but they don’t. It’s one of those thing where you’ve got to bring it out to get justice,” child abuse survivor Mark Boughton said.