Saturday, October 23, 2010

Retired priest charged

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Retired Catholic Priest faces charges over alleged historical sexual assaults – Lake Macquarie area
Monday, 27 Sep 2010 04:05pm
Police investigating historic child sexual abuse allegations have charged a retired Catholic Priest today with 14 child sex related offences.

Strike Force Georgiana was established in March 2008 by detectives from Lake Macquarie Local Area Command, with the assistance of officers from the Newcastle Local Area Command.

The 68-year-old Mayfield man attended Waratah Police Station by appointment today where he was charged with:
• Sexual intercourse with a child aged over 10 and under 16 (whilst person under authority),
• Eight counts of indecent assault to person under 16 (whilst person under authority), and
• Five counts of acts of indecency to person under 16 (whilst person under authority).

He was granted conditional bail to appear at Newcastle Local Court on 19 October, 2010.

Police will allege these charges relate to the alleged assault of two males at a former convent in Windale in the 1980’s.

Strike Force Georgiana investigators encourage anyone who believes they may have been a victim of child sexual abuse or anyone who has information which could assist police with the investigation to contact Charlestown Police on (02) 4942 9999 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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