Paedophile priest committed abuse in the ‘safety’ of another clergyman’s home, survivor says

ABC Ballarat

September 18, 2019

By Charlotte King

More evidence has come to light that paedophile priests working in the Melbourne and Ballarat Catholic dioceses operated in an organised network that included a suburban ‘safe house’.

Deon Cameron was in his final year of high school when he travelled from his family home at Penshurst, in Victoria’s west, to stay at a church residence in Melbourne to visit his mother in hospital.

It was 1991, and Mr Cameron’s parish priest, Paul David Ryan — who had routinely assaulted Mr Cameron since he was 15 — had offered to put him up at the presbytery in a leafy suburb in the city’s south-east.

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