Hiding in Plain Sight
The Rev. Rev. Julian Fox
Rome Case Study #4
Dallas Morning News
September 12, 2004
He was assigned overseas in Fiji and then Rome after an abuse complaint
was made to his religious order, the Salesians of Don Bosco, in the late
1990s. The accuser was paid a settlement a few years later, documents
He recently was promoted to the Salesians' Rome headquarters, where he
works in the communications office. He previously served as the order's
regional boss for Australia and the South Pacific.
A teenage boy at a Salesians boarding school near Melbourne, Australia,
alleged in the late 1970s that he had been sent to Father Fox's room for
discipline and was sexually assaulted on several occasions, records and
interviews show. At the time, a Salesians supervisor accused the boy of
lying and the case went no further, his mother said. (Her son is terminally
ill and unable to give an interview.) He didn't tell anyone else until
about 1997, when he confided in a jail counselor while serving time for
robbery. The order was subsequently notified, and by 1999 Father Fox was
working overseas in a leadership position in Fiji.
The Priest Says
He refused to discuss the allegations, saying he exonerated by a church
review. "That's in the past," he said. "I'm not keen to
be trolling through all of that again." He also denied that as a
regional supervisor in Australia, he ignored complaints about the Rev.
Frank Klep - who was convicted a few years later and put on community
service. When police began investigating additional allegations against
Father Klep, the order sent him to Samoa. He was recently deported, after
The Dallas Morning News revealed he was a fugitive, and is now awaiting
trial in Australia.
The Salesians Say
The order's present Australian leader, the Rev. Ian Murdoch, acknowledged
the settlement but would not comment further.