Police investigate alleged offences at Melbourne's cathedral

Child sex crime detectives are investigating allegations that teenage boys were abused at one of Australia's most prominent Catholic cathedrals — St Patrick's Cathedral in Melbourne. The allegations relate to 14-year-old boys who may have been abused at the cathedral between 1996 and 2001.

The Victoria Police media unit announced the investigation in a public statement issued on 23  December 2015. The investigation is being conducted by a unit of detectives, called the Sano Taskforce.

Here is the Victoria Police announcement in full:

"Sano Taskforce detectives are appealing for information in relation to allegations of sexual assault at the St. Patricks Cathedral, East Melbourne, in the 1990s.

 "The male victims were aged 14 at the time of the alleged incidents.

 "Detectives would like to speak to anyone who was a victim of a sexual assault, or anybody with any information relating to any alleged sexual assaults, committed at the St. Patricks Cathedral between 1996 and 2001.

 "Anyone with information is urged to call the Sano Taskforce toll free on 1800 110 007.

 "The Sano Taskforce detectives specialise in investigating historical sexual assault and child abuse matters.

 "Victoria Police encourages all victims of sexual assault and child abuse, and anyone who has knowledge of such a crime, to make a report.

 "Victoria Police is committed to investigating and bringing to justice those people who prey on children no matter how many years have passed.

"Information relating to any alleged sexual assaults, committed at St. Patricks Cathedral, East Melbourne during this time period, can also be provided anonymously to Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submitted confidentially on-line at www.crimestoppersvic.com.au

The Victoria Police announcement was signed by Sergeant Sharon Darcy, media officer.
 
[The Sano Taskforce was established by Victoria Police to investigate allegations that have emerged from a Victorian parliamentary inquiry into child sex abuse involving religious and non-government organisations.  Sano is also tasked with investigating allegations of abuse that have arisen from Australia's national Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.]