A CATHOLIC priest has been arrested and charged with nine historical child sex offences in New South Wales.
The 77-year-old man is accused of indecently assaulting five children aged between 12 and 15 at a boarding school at Burradoo, in the state’s Southern Highlands between 1982 and 1988.
The priest was also a dormitory manager, a rugby coach and a band teacher at the college at the time.
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Detectives were first made aware of the allegations in July last year and, following extensive investigations, arrested the 77-year-old man at a home in the Sydney suburb of Kensington on Friday morning.
The man has since been charged with nine offences including six counts of sexual assault – assault and act of indecency with a person aged under 16 and two counts of gross indecency by a male with a male aged under 18.
He was granted strict conditional bail and due to appear before Waverley Local Court on Wednesday, May 22.
The NSW Police Force encourage anyone who has been victim to, or have information about incidents of child abuse to come forward, and are reminded all information provided is treated with the strictest of confidence.
You can report also information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers by calling 1800 333 000 or via nsw.crimestoppers.com.au 24 hours per day. Crime Stoppers is a registered charity and community volunteer organisation.