Retired Australian Catholic Priest Charged with Sex Abuse of Two Boys

Island Crisis
September 27, 2010

SYDNEY (BNO NEWS) A retired Australian Catholic priest was charged on Monday with sexually abusing two young boys some 30 years ago, police said.

Strike Force Georgiana of the New South Wales (NWS) Police Force has been investigating historic child sexual abuse allegations involving a retired Catholic priest. His identity was not immediately released.

The 68-year-old Mayfield man attended the Waratah Police Station, not far from Sydney, on Monday by appointment before he was charged by police. These charges relate to the alleged assault of two males at a former convent in Windale in the 1980s.

The man was charged with one count of sexual intercourse with a child aged over 10 and under 16 whilst under authority, eight counts of indecent assault to person under 16 whilst person under authority, and five counts of acts of indecency to person under 16 whilst person under authority.

The accused was granted conditional bail to appear at Newcastle Local Court on October 19, 2010.

The Catholic Church has been hit hard with a series of sex abuse scandals over the past few years in Canada, Ireland, the United States, and other countries around the world. Critics claim that the Vatican and church leaders themselves did not take enough action to prevent the abuse.

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