A CATHOLIC priest investigated over child sex abuse allegations has been found dead in Western Australia.
Father Joseph Tran was found dead on Thursday after WA Police began investigating the claims against him.
It’s understood the priest was being investigated over allegations he sexually abused a young teenage girl.
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The priest was informed of the allegations before his sudden death, the Australian Associated Press reported.
“Police commenced an investigation relating to an allegation of child sexual abuse by a priest from a Catholic Church located in the southern suburbs,” a WA police spokesman said.
“During the investigation (on Thursday) the priest was located deceased.”
In a statement on Saturday, the Catholic Archbishop of Perth said the news was “heartbreaking”.
“This news is heartbreaking for everyone involved,” Perth Archbishop Timothy Costelloe said.
“The young girl who with her family found the courage to go to the police must be supported in every way, and the Archdiocese stands ready to help in whatever way we can.”
The archbishop said the priest’s family will be “devastated” by his death and “horrified by the circumstances”.
WA Police confirmed the priest’s death is not being treated as suspicious.
A report will be prepared for the information of the Coroner.
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