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Australia: Catholic priest charged with sex abuse

April 22, 2013

VICTORIAN Police have charged a Catholic priest with child sex offences after he returned to Melbourne from Rome.

Detectives from Taskforce Sano, which was established last year to deal with complaints arising from the Victorian inquiry into child sex abuse, arrested the 67-year-old man today in relation to alleged historic child sexual abuse matters committed between 1976 and 1985 in Sunbury and Ferntree Gully.

“Victoria Police have been negotiating with the Catholic Church since July 2012 to have the man returned from Rome,” a police spokeswoman said.

“The return of this man to Victoria is considered a breakthrough in cooperation between the Victoria Police and the Catholic Church.”

The Australian

When you’re dealing with the Church and they do what they’re supposed to, it’s a ‘breakthrough’.


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