Ex-priest facing additional charges in northern NSW

  • Article posted by a Broken Rites researcher, 8 September 2016

On 8 September 2016, it was revealed that NSW Police have laid additional charges against a former Catholic priest (now aged 63) over alleged historical child sex assaults in northern NSW. The charges relate to alleged assaults against two boys, one at Gunnedah in 1975, and the other at Narrabri in 1983. These two towns are located between Tamworth and Moree.
 
The charges have been laid by Strike Force Glenroe, which was established by NSW Police in July 2012 (comprising detectives from the NSW Sex Crimes Squad and the New England and Barwon Local Area Commands) to investigate alleged historical child sexual assault offences committed by a former Catholic priest.
 
Following ongoing inquiries by Strike Force Glenroe detectives, a further nine charges have been laid against a 63-year-old man relating to child-sex assaults in the 1970s and 1980s.
 
He was charged with four counts of sexual intercourse without consent, four counts of indecent assault, and buggery.
 
The ex officio indictment was filed in court on Friday, September 2, 2016, with all matters set down for trial from Monday, April 10, 2017 at Sydney District Court.
 
Investigations are ongoing.
 
Police say that anyone with information about sexual abuse should call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page.