Call for cover-up inquiry

ABC Mildura-Swan Hill

By Deb Banks (ABC Mildura-Swan Hill)

A former police detective living in Mildura wants a government inquiry into what happened to him 40 years ago, after he uncovered hundreds of cases of sex abuse at the hands of a Catholic church priest and found himself confronted with a conspiracy to prevent investigation, damaging his career and leading ultimately to his resignation from the force.

Denis Ryan says his investigation into Catholic priest – Monsignor John Day – uncovered hundreds of cases of child sex abuse, but was smothered by Victoria Police and the church.

Mr Ryan has documented his quest for justice in a book released this week, and is telling his story for the first time.

Mr Ryan first came in contact with Father Day on the streets of St Kilda, in 1956, while on divisional van duties.

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