Among the 19 priests (Note: among others of other dioceses) investigated by the commission of investigation under Judge Yvonne Murphy over allegations of sexual abuse in Cloyne, only one has been convicted by the courts. Fr Brendan Wrixon was identified in the report as Fr Caden.
Fr Wrixon (75) pleaded guilty at Cork Circuit Criminal Court last November to three counts of gross indecency against a then 16-year- old youth between October 16th, 1982, and February 15th, 1983. He was given an 18-month suspended sentence by Judge Seán Ó Donnabháin. While details of the crime were given by Det Garda Colman Murphy – who was singled out for praise by Judge Murphy in her report for his diligence and his sensitivity to victims – the background to the church’s handling of the complaint did not emerge in court.