Abuse cover-up inquiry: whistleblower found to be an unsatisfactory witness

The Guardian (UK)

Australian Associated Press
theguardian.com, Friday 30 May 2014

Chief whistleblower Peter Fox has been found to be an unsatisfactory witness in a report into an alleged cover-up of child sexual abuse in the Catholic diocese of Maitland-Newcastle.

However, the special commission of inquiry also found that the response by senior church officials into abuse claims made against two Catholic priests, who are both now dead, was ”inexcusable”. The 750-page report also said there is sufficient evidence to warrant the prosecution of a senior church official.

The commission’s four-volume report uncovered no evidence to show that senior police officers had tried to block child abuse investigations.

It also found that Detective Inspector Peter Fox, who alleged that there had been a cover-up, was not a credible witness, and it was appropriate for police to instruct him to stop his own investigations.

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