Victorian Catholic priest Gerald Ridsdale faces more child sex abuse charges

Australian Broadcasting Corporation - ABC [Sydney, Australia]

March 8, 2022

Victorian police have charged Catholic priest Gerald Ridsdale with more child sexual abuse offences as part of an investigation into a number of alleged historical assaults.

On Tuesday, detectives from the Sexual Crimes Squad charged the 87-year-old with 24 charges related to sexual offences, including sexual penetration of a person aged between 10-16 and indecent assault.

Police said the charges related to alleged incidents involving two male victims in Mortlake in Victoria’s Western District in 1981 and 1982.

Ridsdale is expected to appear in the Warrnambool Magistrates’ Court on March 28.

He has been in prison since 1994 for the abuse of more than 60 children in Victoria.