Strike Force Charges Second Priest

Sydney Morning Herald
August 15, 2008

A second Catholic priest has been arrested and charged by NSW police in relation to a child sexual abuse investigation centred on the Newcastle region.

The 70-year-old man was today charged with perverting the course of justice in relation to a statement he provided to a police investigation in 1998.

The priest was bailed to appear at Newcastle Local Court on September 9, 2008.

He was charged at Toronto police station, near Newcastle, by detectives attached to Strike Force Georgiana.

Police from the same strike force yesterday laid charges against a 65-year-old Catholic priest.

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

He was arrested in Sydney's east yesterday after a four-month police investigation into offences allegedly committed against 18 boys aged between 11 and 17 years.

The assaults occurred primarily in the Newcastle area, police alleged in a Sydney court.


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