Former Catholic priest to face court over alleged sexual assaults at a Dundas educational facility

By Meg Francis
Parramatta Sun
November 22, 2017

A former Catholic priest will face court after being charged with the alleged historic sexual assault of seven youths at a Dundas educational facility.

His arrest comes after allegations of a series of assaults during the late 1980s were raised during the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

Police said the man, 58, was initially arrested at his Hamilton home in New Zealand on July 31 following a three-year investigation.

At about 7am on Wednesday, November 22, Rosehill police travelled to New Zealand and extradited the accused to Australia. 

It is alleged the assaults on the males, who were aged between 14 and 20, happened between 1987 and 1989. 

The man was taken to Mascot police station and charged with sexual assault, indecent assault of a person under 16 years, committing an act of indecency, indecently acting upon a person under 16 years, and one count of committing a gross act of indecency on a male under 16 years.

Rosehill detectives first received a referral from the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse in 2014.

Strike Force Colefax was formed to investigate allegations of sexual assault which were linked to an educational facility in Dundas.

The man was refused bail to appear at Central Local Court today, November 22.

Inquiries are continuing.


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