A former Burmarrad parish priest was sentenced to 3 years in prison after abusing a 13-year-old boy who had shown interest in becoming a priest.
Now close to 50 years old, Fr. Donald Bellizzi was found to engage in non-consensual sexual activities such as oral sex and lasted for more than three years.
The boy told his parents of the abuse when he opened up about his attraction to men, which he said affected his sexual orientation during the years he would attend vocation meetings and live-ins.
The priests name will be listed on the paedophile’s register.