THE Catholic priest who conducted the funeral of the three Farquharson boys, who died when their father drove them into a dam on Father's Day 2005, has been jailed for four years on child-sex and child-porn charges.
Edmund John Haines, 62, was sentenced yesterday in the Geelong County Court on six counts of indecent acts with a child under 16; one count of an indecent act with a child aged 16 or 17; one of procurement of a minor for child pornography; and with producing and possessing child pornography.
One offence involved Haines capturing on his mobile phone images of an indecent act with a boy. He gave his mobile to another boy, who saw the images and reported Haines to police. Haines was found in possession of 30 child pornography images and resigned after his arrest.
Haines was parish priest in the rural town of Meredith for 12 years and was also a chaplain at St Joseph's C
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