NSW Priest Faces 12 Child Sex Charges

Sydney Morning Herald
August 22, 2008

An 81-year-old retired Catholic priest has been ordered to appear in a NSW court to face a series of child sex charges.

The charges follow an investigation into claims of altar boy abuse, which date back almost 40 years, in NSW's Lake Illawarra district, south of Sydney.

The clergyman - formerly based in the area but now living in Victoria - has been issued with a summons to appear in Wollongong Local Court on September 30.

"The charges relate to the repeated sexual assault of a former altar boy on the state's south coast," NSW Police Force says in a statement.

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

The man has been charged with 10 counts of indecent assault and two counts of buggery.

NSW detectives travelled to Melbourne as part of the investigation, which was sparked by complaints first lodged with a child abuse victims support group.


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