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Goodbye Brian: victims to pedophile priest

Damien Sheridan was a homesick, young boarding student who was just looking for counselling from a trusted school chaplain.

But what he endured at the hands of notorious pedophile priest Brian Spillane was to ruin his life.

Now in his 40s, Mr Sheridan describes the shattering consequences of the assault he faced at St Stanislaus College in Bathurst.

He has post traumatic stress disorder, suffers anxiety, and has watched as family and friends have also suffered as a result of his hurt.

When he can't get out of bed for weeks on end, his 20-year-old son Zak steps in, taking care of the chores and doing the shopping.

"It's quite debilitating," the father said of his condition outside Downing Centre District Court in Sydney.

On Thursday, Mr Sheridan watched as his abuser was sentenced to a minimum nine years in jail for a string of sexual assaults on him and six other students in the 1970s and 1980s at the school.

The sentence will run concurrently with time Spillane is already serving for previous child abuse convictions, extending his parole date to 2026.

While the sentence was more than he expected, Mr Sheridan says he will never be the same.

"For me, this is a life sentence.

"The rubbish that he's done to me, I'm still dealing with it all."

The mother of another victim said she was devastated by the abuse of trust at the school, describing it as soul destroying.

"Those little children, their parents, all had a belief in the philosophy that was good and generous and kind and compassionate," she told reporters outside court.

"When the mask came off they were faced with monsters."

Her child was sapped of his creativity and the promise and potential in life, she said.

Both the mother and Mr Sheridan agree the school should have been investigated as part of the sexual abuse royal commission.

But for now, both are pleased to see justice being served.

"I'd just say, goodbye, Brian," the now-elderly mum said.

"It's good to see him go," Mr Sheridan said, separately.

© AAP 2017

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