A former Anglican priest will appear in court next year, after being charged with alleged sexual assaults upon two boys in the Hunter region during the 1970s.
In 2013, officers from Newcastle City Local Area Command established Strike Force Arinya 2 to review allegations that between 1971 and 1975, a man assaulted two boys at various locations including Edgeworth, Minmi, West Wallsend, Gateshead and Belmont.
Following inquiries, a 79-year-old man, from Ballarat, was issued a Future Court Attendance Notice (FCAN) for 20 offences, including assault with intent to commit buggery, five counts of buggery, and 14 counts of indecent assault on male.
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Four charges were also reinstated for buggery and three counts of indecent assault on male.
The man is due to appear at Newcastle Local Court on Thursday 2 February 2017.