Catholic priest charged over alleged child sex abuse at a NSW school

  • Article updated 16 April 2019

Police have charged a Catholic priest in Sydney for alleged sex-abuse against multiple children at a New South Wales country boarding school during the 1980s. Police allege that Father Anthony Caruana (now 77) indecently assaulted five boys aged 12 to 15 when he was a dormitory manager, rugby coach and band teacher at Chevalier College, a Catholic high school in Bowral, in the NSW Southern Highlands.

The charges include seven counts of indecent assault and two of gross indecency.

The incidents allegedly occurred between 1982 and 1988.

Detectives (in the Hume Police District) launched Strike Force Caber in July 2018 to investigate reports of sexual and indecent assaults at this boarding school during the 1980s.

The police inquiries led them to arrest Father Caruana at an address in Kensington in Sydney's eastern suburbs on 12 April 2019.

The case is scheduled to have a preliminary mention in Sydney's Waverley Local Court on 22 May 2019. Meanwhile, Father Caruana has been granted strict conditional bail.

A NSW Police statement, announcing the Chevalier College charges, said: "The NSW Police Force encourage anyone who has been victim to, or have information about, incidents of child abuse to come forward. All information provided is treated with the strictest of confidence."