Doubts cast on Fox interviews: inquiry

Newcastle Herald

By JASON GORDON June 27, 2013

PETER Fox might have exaggerated the number of church sex abuse victims and clergy he said he had interviewed in order to promote himself to the investigating team, an inquiry heard yesterday.

Giving evidence to the Special Commission of Inquiry into how police handled the investigation into the alleged cover-up of sex abuse within the Catholic Church, Detective Inspector Graeme Parker told the inquiry that he had “never been sure” that police received all the information that Mr Fox had collected during his own investigations, alleging that he may have secretly held on to some material.

Later, when cross-examined by Mr Fox’s barrister Mark Cohen, Mr Parker said Mr Fox had spoken in public on numerous occasions and indicated that he had interviewed a number of alleged victims and members of the clergy.

But Mr Parker said reports of such things were never produced by Mr Fox in those numbers.

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