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Posted by: Flin May 7 2018, 11:13 AM
Former Victorian detective Denis Ryan wins police compensation decades after being forced out police force
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Denis Ryan was forced to resign after trying to charge a notorious paedophile priest.

A former detective, who was financially and professionally ruined by his own superiors for trying to bring a paedophile priest to justice, will receive compensation almost 50 years after he was pushed out of Victoria Police.

Denis Ryan gave up his police pension when he chose to resign from the force after being ordered to drop his investigation into Monsignor John Day, a Catholic paedophile priest who preyed on children in the Mallee.

The decision had a profound impact on his life, costing him a marriage and the prospect of a comfortable retirement. Until now, he has lived in a rented unit on the proceeds of an aged pension.

But a month after his plight was revealed by the ABC, the Victorian Government has reached a confidential settlement with the 86-year-old.

Heck it's a great, great thing to hear," he said. "It'll make quite a difference to me."

Mr Ryan he had no plans for the money at this stage.

"When I come down to earth, I'll think about such things," he said.

But on the question of redemption, Mr Ryan was much more certain.

"I don't think I'll ever feel vindicated," he said.

"It'll never leave my mind," he said. "I just think of the victims, they suffered so much more than me."
'He was crucified for doing his job'

The details of the settlement have not been disclosed but it will be paid in a lump sum, according to Vernon Knight, who handled the negotiations on behalf of Mr Ryan.

"Denis is 86, he wants to live the remainder of his life with a measure of comfort and I guess validation, restoring some of the dignity that he would've lost over those years," Mr Knight said.

"We do not doubt that Victoria Police transferred Detective Ryan from Mildura for investigating allegations that Monsignor Day had sexually abused children in Mildura," the royal commissioners wrote in their findings.

Victoria Police officially apologised to Mr Ryan in 2016, but the weight of the force's actions continue to weigh on him.

"I think very much of the then-children that are now adults whose lives have been shattered by the acts of a paedophile priest," he said.

"At the time, Gerald Ridsdale, who's another notorious paedophile, he would've been caught in the net if the police had listened to me ... but they didn't.

"Their allegiance was towards a cathedral and not to the people of Victoria that they'd sworn an oath to protect. They did not protect them."

But Mr Ryan had a message for the Premier.

"I certainly want to say to the Government of Victoria, led by Daniel Andrews, when he heard this, he leapt into action and finished within a month what has taken 47 years," Mr Ryan said.

"I'm very pleased. Thank you."

Probably his superior officers who covered this up are all dead.

Posted by: Flin May 7 2018, 11:21 AM
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At mass on Sunday, January 30, 1972, Monsignor Day informed the congregation that he had offered his resignation to Bishop Mulkearns. It had been accepted, and Day would be leaving the parish within days. He had outlived his welcome in Mildura but he was off the hook. He was driving down to Melbourne for a few weeks before heading overseas. He'd been given a world tour for his crimes - a trip to Chicago followed by a stint in Portugal for "counselling". All expenses paid.

When all the fuss died down he'd head back to Victoria, where he'd be sent to a new parish. Life for a disgraced priest wasn't too bad after all.

* Day died in 1978. He was never charged with any offence

Posted by: Phillip J. May 7 2018, 11:57 AM
Yes, one of the many perks of the priesthood (for some!) but it's also true that one bad apple shouldn't spoil the whole case! 🤔

Posted by: scepo May 7 2018, 03:08 PM
Well at least Daniel Andrews has done something worthwhile. Full credit to him for one decent action as Premier.

Posted by: Michael.W May 8 2018, 11:16 PM
QUOTE (scepo @ May 7 2018, 03:08 PM)
Well at least Daniel Andrews has done something worthwhile. Full credit to him for one decent action as  Premier.

HA not on your life Scepo, Andrews is on egg shells as Pell faces criminal charges for the exact same thing. I see this as blackmail money for Ryan to quitely go away. Most likely paid for by the church in a back room deal.

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