A Catholic priest is convicted in court in Sydney regarding children at a NSW boarding school

  • Article updated 13 July 2021

A Catholic priest, Father Anthony Caruana, aged 79, underwent a jury trial in Sydney in mid-2021, charged with committing sexual offences against a number of boys, aged 12 to 15, in the 1980s when Father Caruana was on the staff of Chevalier College, a Catholic boarding school at Burradoo (near Bowral) in the NSW Southern Highlands. Chevalier College was established by a Catholic religious order of priests, known as the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart. On 13 July 2021 a jury found Caruana guilty on 23 charges. The jury is yet to decide on four additional charges.

Some background

In April 2019, detectives attached to the Hume Police District – working under Strike Force Kesup – investigated allegations of sexual and indecent assaults at Chevalier College in the 1980s. The investigation was managed by the Southern Highlands Detectives Office at Moss Vale Police.

The detectives arrested Father Anthony William Peter Caruana at an address in Kensington in Sydney's eastern suburbs on 12 April 2019. Caruana was charged with a number of offences. Later, in a Local Court in Sydney, he was granted bail, pending his next court appearances. Later again, he was charged regarding some additional offences.

Caruana’s offences allegedly occurred between 1982 and 1988.

A court list gave the defendant's full name as Anthony William Peter CARUANA. In private life, he is known as Father Tony Caruana.

Eventually a magistrate committed Caruana to stand trial, and this trial was held with a jury in the New South Wales District Court in mid-2021. Caruana contested the charges.