Former Melbourne priest Peter Waters in court

  • Article¬†updated on 1 November 2017

Father Peter Waters was a priest in parishes of the Melbourne Catholic archdiocese until he took early retirement in 1999, when he was aged in his fifties. In 2017, aged 72, he was charged by police with child-sexual offences relating to his time in the Melbourne archdiocese. In late 2017, the charges were tabled in the Melbourne Magistrates Court, and a contested committal hearing is scheduled to be held there in 2018. The magistrate will then decide whether the case should go to a trial in a higher court, the Victorian County Court.

The charges have been laid by detectives from the Sano Taskforce of the Victoria Police, located in Spencer Street, Docklands, Melbourne.

The incidents allegedly occurred between 1973 and 1986.

The charges include indecent assault on males aged 12 to 19 and carnal knowledge of a girl aged 10 to 16 years old.

Peter Waters is listed at the court as being located now at a private address in south-eastern Victoria.