Catholic priest charged with historical child sex offences

A PRIEST has been suspended from the Catholic church after being charged with a string of historical child sex offences in Sydney’s west.

Detectives first began investigating the 61-year-old last year after a man, now aged in his 4os, came forward and detailed allegations of abuse to police.

It’s alleged the man had been indecently assaulted multiple times by the priest as a 15-year-old boy at a high school in the Fairfield area in 1993.


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Following extensive investigation, the 61-year-old priest was arrested at a home in Berkeley on Tuesday.

He was taken to Lake Illawarra Police Station and charged with three counts of aggravated indecent assault and aggravated indecency.

The charges stipulate the victim was under the age of 16 and under authority at the time of the alleged offences.

The 61-year-old man was released on conditional bail and is due to appear in Port Kembla Court on May 15.

NW Police confirmed the priest has since been suspended from the catholic church.

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What a joke suspend this scum on charges before his trial but Pell guilty and retains his status