ONE of the Hunter’s most notorious pedophile priests, Vince Ryan, was denied a first taste of freedom today after the State Parole Authority held over his release from jail following a 14-year sentence for child sex offences.
Ryan, 72, will remain in Long Bay Jail for at least another two months, but will not be returning to the Hunter even on his release under the terms of a formal memorandum of understanding with the Catholic Church’s Maitland-Newcastle Bishop Michael Malone.
Ryan ‘‘certainly will not be in the Hunter and will not be in the diocese’’, the bishop said during an interview yesterday.
There was ‘‘no chance’’ Ryan could ever work again as a priest, Bishop Malone said.
The bishop’s decision to require the disgraced priest to remain out of the region is in part a recognition of the extreme distress expressed by Ryan’s 35 known victims and their families at the idea of his return.
‘‘Oh my God, no,’’ said the mother of one of Ryan’s victims yesterday, after hearing of Ryan’s imminent release from jail.