A FORMER Catholic priest has been arrested and charged with sexually and indecently assaulting seven teenage boys and young men over the space of two years in Sydney’s northern suburbs.
The 58-year-old is accused of assaulting seven males ranging in age from 14 to 20 at an educational facility in the suburb of Dundas between 1987 and 1989.
His arrest comes after detectives received a referral from the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse back in 2014.
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The former priest was arrested at his home in New Zealand earlier this year and, following a long extradition process, was returned to Australia today.
He was taken to Mascot Police Station where he was charged with a long list of offences, including sexual assault, indecent assault person under 16 years and five counts of assault and commit act of indecency.
The man was refused bail and will appear at Central Local Court later today.
Police attached to Strike Force Colefax continue to investigate the allegations.
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