An Irish court has sentenced a former Lodi priest to three years in prison for possessing child pornography.
Oliver O'Grady, 66, was sentenced Monday at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court, according to the Irish Courts Service. He previously pleaded guilty to three counts of possessing child pornography. He was arrested in Dublin in December 2010 after leaving a computer containing pornographic images of children on a flight from Amsterdam.
O’Grady was a priest in the Stockton Diocese from 1971 until 1993, when he was arrested for abusing two brothers. He served seven years at Mule Creek State Prison in Ione and was deported to his native Ireland in 2000.
O’Grady was a priest at St. Anne’s Catholic Church in Lodi from 1971 through 1978. He also served at parishes in Stockton, Turlock, Hughson and San Andreas.
He was the subject of the Academy Award-nominated 2006 documentary “Deliver Us From Evil,” which featured Ann Jyono, 40, who was sexually abused by O’Grady when she attended St. Anne’s as a child. O’Grady confesses to abusing Jyono and others in the movie.
Jyono's parents, Bob and Maria Jyono, were interviewed extensively in the movie, which is available in DVD.
Court testimony in Ireland reveled that there were nearly 280,000 images on O’Grady’s laptops and hard drives, the majority showing children in sexual poses, according to the Irish Times newspaper. Authorities found more than 1,000 child pornography video files which totaled more than six hours, the Times reported.
News-Sentinel staff writer Ross Farrow contributed to this report.