Dilworth School investigation: Manurewa vicar Ross Browne resigns following sexual abuse charges

New Zealand Herald

October 6, 2020

By Elizabeth Binning

An Anglican priest charged in connection with the historical sexual abuse allegations at Dilworth School has resigned from his position at a South Auckland church.

Former Dilworth Chaplain Ross Douglas Browne was the vicar of St Luke’s Church in Manurewa when police arrested him last month.

The 72-year-old priest, who was also heavily involved in Scouts and amateur theatrical company the Auckland Gang Show, is accused of indecently assaulting three boys between 1991 and 2002.

Anglican Bishop of Auckland Ross Bay said he was distressed about allegations of historical abuse at Dilworth School and expressed his concern for “those who are the survivors of that abuse”.

His comments came after Browne dropped his bid for name suppression at a hearing in the Auckland District Court this morning.

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