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'Nun abused child during work check' school.

Byline: PADDY CLANCY

THE first woman to accuse a nun of abusing her in a Midlands school told yesterday how the sister molested her as she checked her homework.

She said the teacher gave her a lot of attention and called her a "pet".

The now 47-year-old mum of five told a court the nun would instruct the class in Irish to sleep.

When the other children put their heads down on their desks, Sr Mary Theresa Grogan, known at the time as Sr Peter, would fondle her with her left hand while correcting her homework with her right hand.

The woman said she was only eight when a series of offences were committed against her between September 1973 and July 1974 in the primary school.

Grogan, 63, has denied 63 counts of indecent assault against seven girls between 1973 and 1977.

Sligo Circuit Court - which is hearing the case following a successful defence application to have it dealt with away from the Midlands - has been told between 1982 and 1985 the accused nun was principal at the school.

The woman told Judge Donagh McDonagh and the jury what Sr Peter did to her didn't bother her at the time, adding: "I didn't think there was anything wrong with it until I had my own children."

A second woman claiming she was a victim, a mother of two, also told the court of the class being instructed in Irish to go to sleep while the nun's left hand was put inside her clothing.

The woman, now 45, said she remembered a crucifix and a blackboard in the classroom when she was called up to the nun's greentopped desk.

The hearing continues today.

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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Nov 15, 2012
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