Eugene Fitzpatrick in a police mug shot.
Former priest, Father Eugene Fitzpatrick, 68, from Canterbury was jailed for 22 years at Blackfriars Crown Court, and placed on the sex offender register for life, after being found guilty of seven counts of indecent assault, four counts of indecency with a child and two counts of buggery, all committed in between the 1960s and 1990s.
A Met Police spokesman said: "The indecent assault and indecency offences were committed against one victim in the Islington.
"The buggery offences were committed against a second victim at Our Lady St Joseph’s Catholic Church in Kingsland, Hackney."
But, detectives believe there could be many more victims of the twisted priest who are yet to come forward, and hope his imprisonment will encourage them to contact police.
In a joint statement, Detective Constables Lorraine Simpson and Klementina Balint, the investigating officers, said: "Eugene Fitzpatrick is a predatory sex offender who abused his position of trust, preying on vulnerable youngsters and subjecting them to horrific sexual abuse over a period of years.
"In addition to the two known victims in this case, we believe that there may be additional survivors of Fitzpatrick’s actions who continue to suffer in silence."
Fitzpatrick's first known attack was on the first boy, who was aged under eight, when the pervert was 17.
It happened in Tufnell Park in 1965.
There were a further 10 counts of sexual assaults on the same boy until 1973, by which time he was training to be a priest.
He raped the second boy on multiple occasions between 1986 and 1992.
The church where the pervert carried out his abuse in the 1980s and 1990s.
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Mubeena Cockar-Khan, London CPS reviewing lawyer, said: "Eugene Fitzpatrick repeatedly indecently assaulted one boy and raped another for his own gratification.
"He denied the offences but brave victim testimony led to these verdicts.
"As part of the CPS commitment to supporting victims and witnesses, the first victim was able to give part of his evidence using a pre-recorded video shown to the jury.
"We thank them for coming forward and supporting this prosecution and hope today's verdicts provide a sense of justice for these historic offences against them."
Alison Millar, abuse lawyer at solicitors Leigh Day, said: “The offences of which Father Eugene has been convicted are horrific and represent the gravest breach of trust. The survivors of this appalling abuse are to be commended for their courage in coming forward and giving evidence.
“This case shows that it is still possible to secure convictions many years after the offending took place and that investigation of non-recent child abuse offences should remain a police priority."
Father Eugene Fitzpatrick with Maddie Noonan on her wedding day.
In addition to the two known victims in this case, we believe that there may be additional survivors of Fitzpatrick’s actions who continue to suffer in silence.
Detective Constables Lorraine Simpson and Klementina Balint
Maddie Noonan, 59, who used to live near Our Lady and Saint Joseph Church, told the Hackney Gazette of her shock at the actions of the priest she considered a family friend, and who conducted her wedding.
She said she was sickened that at the time he used to visit her family home, he was raping a boy.
She said: “I’m horrified, that he denied it, he’s even more disgusting.
"It must have taken a lot of courage for those people to come forward. It’s absolutely disgusting.
“He was the local parish priest. We lived in Balls Pond Road and moved to Mildmay Park.
"He married me and he was a very close friend of my grandmother. He was always in our house, we loved him.”
Maddie, who now lives in Ireland, added: “I was very close to him as an adult.
“I had lost faith in the Catholic church many times, based on stories like this. Eugene was the one person that restored my faith.”
The Diocese of Westminster has said it cooperated with police on the investigation and has stripped Fitzpatrick of his priesthood.
A spokeswoman said: “The Diocese of Westminster is deeply sorry for the hurt that he caused to his victims, their families and the wider community, and acknowledges the gravity of the abuse he inflicted as is reflected in the severity of the sentence.
“The diocese is committed to the safeguarding of all children and vulnerable adults in its care.
“Over the past two decades, in conjunction with the Catholic Church in England and Wales, robust safeguarding policies and procedures have been developed and put in place across parishes, schools and agencies of the diocese to provide better protection for children and vulnerable adults in its care.
“If anyone has any concerns of a safeguarding nature involving the Diocese of Westminster, they are asked to contact the authorities or the Diocesan Safeguarding Coordinator.”
The detectives' joint statement added: "We urge anyone who has been abused by Eugene Fitzpatrick to contact police without delay.
"Specially trained officers will support victims throughout the investigative process and there are a number of additional support pathways that we are able to signpost."
Anyone who thinks they are a victim of Eugene Fitzpatrick is asked to contact the Met’s Sexual Offences, Exploitation and Child Abuse Command by dialling 101.