South Australian Police have begun fresh investigations into whether an accused child sex offender was encouraged to leave Australia by senior members of the Anglican Church.
The state’s top policeman, Grant Stevens, confirmed officers were looking at the circumstances surrounding the decision by former St Peter’s College priest John Mountford to flee Australia for Bali after allegations of sexual abuse against him surfaced in 1992.
Commissioner Stevens would not divulge the subjects of the police probe.
There have been allegations former archbishop Ian George encouraged Mountford to flee, which Mr George has repeatedly denied.
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