Royal commission to explore child abuse ‘epicentre’ in Newcastle

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By Thomas Oriti and staff

A royal commission will begin a public investigation today into allegations of child abuse by the Catholic diocese of Maitland-Newcastle.

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse will turn its focus to the Catholic diocese in the Hunter having spent recent days investigating cases of abuse in the region’s Anglican diocese.

Peter Gogarty, who was abused by Catholic priest James Fletcher, said he had waited years for such an inquiry.

“The Hunter region and people around Newcastle fought so hard for there to be a royal commission,” he said.

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