A former Catholic priest has been sentenced to more than four years jail for child sex offences.
Edmund John Haines, aged 62, had been a priest in the Geelong area for almost 30 years when police began investigating him for child sex offences.
The Geelong County Court heard Haines had taken pornographic images of a young boy that were later found on his mobile phone.
Haines pleaded guilty to several child sex offences including committing an indecent act with a child under 16.
In sentencing, Judge Chettle said Haines's offending was a breach of trust that had ruined the life of his victim.
He will serve four years and three months jail with a non parole period of two years and six months.
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