IN an explosive burst of evidence superintendent John Gralton has told the special inquiry in Newcastle that he was assaulted in the class by a priest in front of 40 students.
Superintendent Gralton also said he knew of five or six friends who had been indecently assaulted by priests.
He gave information about this to investigators.
Asked about the idea of a cover-up by police of church crimes he said nothing could be farther from the truth and that he the found the idea fanciful and offensive.
He said the idea that the Lantle investigation would be anything other than complete was far from the truth.
He said every time he saw a paedophile in the dock he celebrated.
Asked about the term ‘‘Catholic mafia’’ Superintendent Gralton said he had never heard it before this inquiry.
The inquiry continues.