A Catholic priest faces jail after he was found guilty of sexually abusing a young boy in the 1970s.

Father Michael Higginbottom, 74, told Liverpool Crown Court he did not remember the victim, who is now in his 50s.

He denied molesting the pupil at St Joseph鈥檚 College, a seminary for prospective priests, in Upholland, near Ormskirk.

Higginbottom, of West Farm Road, Newcastle, denied eight offences, including four of buggery and four of indecent assault.

Defence lawyers suggested the man made up the allegations to try and get financial compensation, during a five-day trial.

But a jury today found Higginbottom guilty of all counts by a majority of 10-2, following more than 10 hours of deliberation.

Prosecutors said Higginbottom targeted the boy in his care, breaching the trust placed in him 鈥渋n a spectacular and horrific way鈥?

David Temkin, prosecuting, said the victim recalled the college as 鈥渁 cold, dark and forbidding place鈥?and a venue for 鈥渕ental, physical and sexual abuse鈥?

The man said it began just days after he started boarding at the college, when he was aged 12 or 13.

He told the jury it only ended when he deliberately stole a watch, so that he would be expelled.

Mr Temkin said: 鈥淗e ran to meet his parents so that they could take him home and he never went back.?/p>

The man did not report Higginbottom until 2013, when he told a friend who encouraged him to contact police.

In a video recorded interview played to the jury, he told officers: 鈥淚 call that man evil because that is exactly what he was.?/p>

Former priest Michael Higginbottom, 73, leaves Liverpool Crown court, during his trial

Higginbottom denied the allegations when arrested in April 2015, describing them as 鈥渢otal lies鈥?

He said he let boys use his room to make coffee or watch television, explaining it was common for teachers to let students in their rooms.

Mr Temkin said: 鈥淗e strenuously denied all of the allegations and added that he had never been attracted to boys or men.?/p>

Under questioning by Adam Birkby, defending, Higginbottom said he did not know the victim.

He disputed his claims that he used a strap and cane on him as punishment and said he could 鈥渕ake this as easy or as hard鈥?as he wanted.

Higginbottom accepted using a Van de Graaff generator, which demonstrates electrostatics, to give pupils a mild electric shock, but said it made them laugh.

Mr Birkby suggested the man fabricated tales of sexual attacks in Higginbottom鈥檚 room to try and get civil compensation.

Former priest Michael Higginbottom, 73, of West Farm Road, Newcastle

The man contacted solicitors in 2014 after reading an article linking Higginbottom to a civil case involving another ex-pupil, who was awarded £35,000 in an out-of-court settlement for alleged abuse.

He maintained he was not interested in compensation and annoyed because the article said the man would rebuild his life with the money.

The victim said: 鈥淚 don鈥檛 think he could put his life right with any sum of money.?/p>

He added: 鈥淣o compensation was on my mind - justice was on my mind.

鈥淚 wanted that man to feel as scared as I did at Upholland.?/p>

Judge Andrew Menary, QC, said he would sentence Higginbottom on Thursday and remanded him in custody.