Priest Charged with Child Sex Offences

New South Wales Police Force
August 22, 2008 XoucG9saWNlLm5zdy5nb3YuYXUlMkZtZWRpYSUyRjI4MjkuaHRtbCZhbGw9MQ%3D%3D

Lake Illawarra detectives have charged an 81-year-old retired Catholic priest with a series of child sex offences, dating back almost 40 years.

The former clergyman, now living in Victoria, has been issued with a summons to appear in a New South Wales court after investigators travelled to Melbourne to follow up numerous complaints to a victim's support group.

The charges relate to the repeated sexual assault of a former altar boy on the state's south coast.

Police will allege the offences occurred over a period from 1969 to 1976, commencing when the victim was 10 years old.

The retired priest has been charged with 10 counts of indecent assault and 2 counts of buggery.

He's been ordered to appear in the Wollongong Local Court on September 30.


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