Catholic priest told police alleged victim looking for love

Sydney Morning Herald

March 31, 2015

Michael Inman
Courts reporter for The Canberra Times.

A former Catholic priest accused of molesting a friend’s daughter told police the girl was always looking for love.

Father Edward Evans admitted to the police he had touched the girls bottom, but said it had been an affectionate gesture and not sexual.

Father Evans, 85, is on trial in the ACT Supreme Court on charges of committing acts of indecency and sexual assault on the girl in the 1990s.

He has pleaded not guilty.

The girl was aged between 10 and 13 years, and Father Evans in his 60s at the time of the alleged offences.

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