Former Bendigo priest guilty of sexual assault

A former Catholic priest has been found guilty of sexually assaulting boys while he was their dorm master at a boarding school in Bendigo.

A jury on Monday found James Patrick Jennings, 80, guilty of indecently assaulting three boys at St Vincent's College in Bendigo in the 1960s.

The victims were students in their early teens at the time.

The Victorian County Court jury found Jennings guilty of five counts of indecent assault.

He was cleared of a sixth indecent assault charge.

Jennings had pleaded not guilty to all six charges.

His lawyer told the trial that Jennings denied the accusations and the incidents simply didn't happen.

Jennings was remanded in custody to appear at a pre-sentence hearing on April 7.

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