Exclusive — Nigel Hunt, The Advertiser
July 31, 2017
FORMER Anglican Archbishop of Adelaide Ian George is at the centre of a major SA Police investigation over the role he played in disgraced St Peter’s College priest John Mountford fleeing Australia in 1992.
In a shock development in the St Peter’s College abuse case, detectives are investigating if any of those involved in Mountford’s rapid exit from Adelaide perverted the course of justice or impeded an investigation into his activities.
They are also investigating if former St Peter’s headmaster Richard Burchnall, his deputy Ray Stanley or Dr George breached the Child Protection Act by not immediately reporting the sexual abuse of a student by the then Reverend Mountford to police.
The revelation comes after former Catholic Archbishop of Sydney, Cardinal George Pell, appeared in a Melbourne Court last week on historic child sex charges and as current Catholic Archbishop of Adelaide Philip Wilson prepares to fight a charge in Newcastle Local Court of concealing child sexual abuse.
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