Hunter church abuse inquiry moves to next phase

ABC News

The police whistleblower who sparked an inquiry into an alleged cover-up of abuse in the Hunter Valley’s Catholic Church says he is glad the first half of the probe is over.

It examined Detective Chief Inspector Peter Fox’s claims police tried to cover-up allegations of abuse by two priests.

Newcastle Local Area Commander Superintendent John Gralton rejected the claims, yesterday revealing he was particularly keen to see clergy investigated because he was abused by his school priest.

Stage two gets underway on Monday and will investigate claims the church protected paedophile clergy.

Peter Fox says it has been a tough three weeks of public hearings.

“Nothing comes as a surprise,” he said.

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