Priest on Sex Charges Refused Bail
August 14, 2008,23599,24180616-29277,00.html

A CATHOLIC priest accused of sexually abusing 18 boys aged as young as 11 has not applied for bail in a Sydney court.

John Sidney Denham, 65, is facing 30 child sex related charges dating back to the 1970s and 1980s.

Father Denham was arrested in Kensington, in Sydney's east, earlier today after a four-month police investigation.

The alleged offences were committed against 18 boys aged between 11 and 17 years.

He opted not to appear in Sydney's Central Local Court, where his case was before Magistrate Alan Moore.

There was no application for bail and it was formally refused.

Denham faces 28 counts of indecent assault of a male, one count of buggery and one count of attempted indecent assault of a male.

He was remanded in custody to appear in court in Newcastle on October 1.

The alleged assaults occurred primarily in the Newcastle area, police said.

Police allege the assaults took place at St Pius X High School at Adamstown in the late 1970s.

Further assaults allegedly occurred in the Charlestown parish in 1980 and the Taree parish in 1981.

Police said Strike Force Georgiana had been investigating the allegations after an initial complaint was made in April this year.

Detectives have received ongoing assistance from the Newcastle-Maitland diocese of the Catholic Church, police said.


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