November 28, 2012
AMERICAN child sex abuse victims of an Australian Catholic priest sent to the US are preparing to give evidence to a parliamentary inquiry into the scandal of abuse in the church.
Father David Paul Ryan is understood to have visited the US a number of times, and his victims there have discussed a possible criminal prosecution with local authorities.
A serving Victorian police detective has also said that Father Ryan’s former bishop, Ronald Mulkearns, allegedly allowed him to move between parishes in the Ballarat diocese, after being told the priest had abused a child.
Father Ryan went on to abuse other children, one of whom, Peter Watson, later committed suicide and was buried in an unmarked grave for six years before his body was identified.
Victoria Police Detective Senior Constable Colin Ryan said yesterday a police investigation had uncovered evidence that Bishop Mulkearns moved the priest between parishes in Ballarat after being warned he might be abusing children.
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