Former Australian priest blames God for making him sexually abuse boys
A former priest in Australia charged with sexually abusing seven boys over an 18-year period blamed God for making him do it, a court heard.
David Rapson, 59, is charged with abusing the boys while teaching at Salesian College Rupertswood, in Sunbury, between 1973 and 1990.
The former college vice-principal is charged with one count each of rape and gross indecency and a string of indecent assault charges.
According to the Herald Sun, in documents given at the Melbourne Magistrates' Court an alleged victim said that he was abused by Rapson while boarding at the college in the late 1977.
The man alleged he had been sent to the school infirmary with several other boys and forced to drink Milo that "tasted really strange and a bit acrid".
The man said he fell asleep soon after drinking it and woke later "feeling a bit groggy" and was later molested by Rapson.
He said during the evening another teacher, Father Frank Klep, came into the infirmary and asked Rapson what he was doing.
"You know what we do here," Rapson allegedly replied, adding: "God made us this way and it's his fault. You're one to talk, you're the same as me".
The man said in his police statement he feared if he did not comply with the priest's demands he would be punished with physical violence.
"Rapson walked up in front of me and grabbed hold of my penis and lifted it up. He then fondled my testicles and had a feel for about a minute," the victim said.
The court heard some of the allegations made to police about Rapson dated to 2000.
According to the report, the committal hearing is continuing in court.