THE former Australian head of the second-largest Catholic order in the world has been jailed for child sex crimes.
Father Julian Fox, 70, is today behind bars, 16 years after being accused of child sex crimes while teaching at Melbourne schools in the 1980s and 1990s.
The remorseless Salesian priest left Australia in 1999, shortly before the first known complaints were made to his superiors.
He fled to Rome where he worked at the Salesian headquarters, spending more than a decade dodging calls to return to Melbourne to face justice.
In 2000, the Salesians made a confidential $36,000 payment to one victim, who died of drug abuse six years later.
The death ended a police inquiry that had been frustrated by Fox’s refusal to return to Melbourne to be interviewed over the allegations.
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