Catholic Bishop Max Davis, 68, Faces Historic Child Sex Charges

By Phil Hickey Perthnow
Perth Now
May 15, 2015

Catholic bishop Max Davis, 68, will stand trial for alleged sex crimes when he was teaching at St Benedictís College in New Norcia, dating back to 1969.

THE head of the Catholic Churchís military diocese will stand trial in the West Australian District Court over child sex offences dating back more than 40 years.

Bishop Max Leroy Davis, 68, is alleged to have indecently dealt with a boy under the age of 14 and committed indecent practices between males in public in 1969 when he was teaching at St Benedictís College in New Norcia, northeast of Perth.

Davis, who was not an ordained priest at the time of the alleged offences, is understood to be the first Australian bishop and the most senior Australian church official to be charged with child sex offences.

He will face a trial in August.

Man, 66, charged over 1980s child sex assaults

Police have charged an elderly man with 33 child sex offences relating to six alleged victims dating back to 1980.

Child Abuse Squad detectives arrested and charged the 66-year-old man in South Australia on Thursday and extradited him to Western Australia.

Police will allege between 1980 and 1993, the man sexually assaulted six boys who were aged between 12 and 16 at the time.

Detectives will allege the man befriended the victims by various means.

The man has been charged with a total of 33 offences including 21 counts of indecent treatment of a child under 14 and three counts of aggravated indecent assault.

He is due to appear in the Peth Magistrates Court on Friday.








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