A former Catholic priest will face a trial in Melbourne on child-sex charges

Paul Chris Pavlou, of Melbourne, was once a school-teacher. Then he became a Brother in the Catholic Church's Salesian order. Later, aged in his forties, he was ordained as a Catholic priest, ministering for a while in parishes at Croydon and Healesville in Melbourne's east, although he no longer holds any position in parishes. In mid-2017, Pavlou (now aged 58) faced a preliminary hearing in the Melbourne Magistrates Court, charged with child-sex offences. On 1 September 2017, it was decided that the case will proceed to a trial in the Victorian County Court.

Pavlou is facing four charges of sexual and indecent acts with a boy aged under 16 in 2003 and 2004.

In the Melbourne Magistrates Court on 1 September 2017, Pavlou pleaded not guilty. The court was closed to the public while the alleged victim gave evidence via video link.

Magistrate Johanna Metcalf granted Pavlou bail, pending his trial in the County Court of Victoria.

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