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Irish abuse priest gets probation

An Irish-born Chilean priest has been sentenced to four years of probation after sexually abusing a minor while he was chaplain at a school in Santiago.

A court in the Chilean capital also banned Rev John O'Reilly from any job near children. Prosecutors had asked for a 10-year prison sentence.

O'Reilly was found guilty last month. The court said he committed the abuse while he was the spiritual guide at the school. Relatives had accused him of molesting two pre-teen girls between 2007 and 2011. The court cleared him in one of the cases.

O'Reilly arrived in Chile in the mid-1980s and was granted Chilean citizenship in 2008. He was not present during Tuesday's sentencing.

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