Former priest charged with child sex offences

A former senior Anglican priest has been charged with alleged sexual assaults upon a 15-year-old boy in the NSW Hunter region in 1991.

Officers formed Strike Force Arinya to investigate the alleged assaults after receiving a referral from the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse in 2016.

Following ongoing investigations, shortly before 8.30am today strike force officers arrested a 75-year-old man at a Kotara home.


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He was taken to Waratah Police Station where he was charged with four counts of aggravated sexual assault and aggravated indecent assault.

He was granted conditional bail to appear at Newcastle Local Court on Thursday 7 December.

Shanee is a full-time Digital Journalist and Social Media Content Producer. In 2014, Shanee graduated from Griffith University’s Gold Coast Campus with a Bachelor of Communications majoring in Journalism, Public Relations and Marketing. Since joining 1029 Hot Tomato, Shanee has been keeping you up to date with breaking news and everything Gold Coast on myGC. Shanee also writes and photographs for Peony & Page, a personal home, style and travel blog & Instagram alias she founded in 2015.

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