A German court has convicted a Roman Catholic priest of some 250 counts of sexual abuse against children over a several-year period and sentenced him to six years in prison.
The state court in Braunschweig on January 26 found the priest guilty of abusing three boys aged 9 to 15 between 2004 and 2011.
The 46-year-old priest, who wasn't identified, was arrested in July after one victim told his mother what had happened. He admitted the abuse when he went on trial January 13.
He also faces church disciplinary proceedings.
Germany was shaken in 2010 by revelations of abuse by clergy going back decades.
compiled from agency reports