Priest on Sex Charge

Herald Sun [Australia]
April 20, 2006,5478,18868365%5E2862,00.html

A FORMER Victorian priest was arrested in far north Queensland yesterday and charged with sexual assault of a boy.

Paul David Ryan, 58, was charged with indecent assault of a 16-year-old boy at Penshurst, in western Victoria, in 1991.

Dr Ryan, who has a theology degree from the US, was working as a health officer for the Apunipima Aboriginal community in far north Queensland until he resigned early this year.

He had worked for several years for the Cape York district health council, a government body based at Weipa.

Dr Ryan was arrested early on Tuesday at his unit in Cairns by local police and Warrnambool detectives.

Victorian police yesterday successfully applied to a Cairns magistrate for Dr Ryan's extradition to appear at Warrnambool Magistrates' Court on July 7.

Dr Ryan was then released on conditional bail.


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