‘I was abused by priest’: police officer tells commission

Maitland Mercury

A senior police officer who was abused by a priest as a child said Peter Fox’s suggestions that officers failed to investigated a church coverup were “abhorrent”.

Superintendent John Gralton revealed to the Special Commission of Inquiry this morning that he was assaulted by a priest in front of 40 students.

“Every time I see a paedophile hit the dock…I celebrate.”

Superintendent Gralton was the Commander of Central Hunter at the time of Strike Force Lantle – an investigation into alleged concealment of sexual abuse by Hunter priests.

During cross examination, NSW police barrister barrister Pat Sadie, asked the superintendent if police were reluctant to investigate matters that would upset the church.

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