Former Catholic priest faces 90 sexual assault charges

Former Catholic priest faces 90 sexual assault charges
Posted: Sep 03, 2008 at 1322 hrs IST

Sydney, September 3: A former Catholic priest has been charged with 60 fresh offences relating to sex assaults on boys while he was working at a prestigious boarding school in the 1970s and 80s, reports said on Wednesday.
Police would not confirm the identity of the man, saying only that they had arrested a 65-year-old in southwestern Sydney and that he has since been released on bail.

“He was taken to Hurstville police station where he was charged with 60 matters relating to historic sexual assault,” a New South Wales police spokeswoman said.

The Australian Broadcasting Corporation said the suspect was a former Catholic priest who taught at St Stanislaus’ College in Bathurst, west of Sydney, in the 1970s and 80s.

he college made headlines last month after former students came forward alleging they were molested during late-night prayer sessions.

The former priest has already appeared in Bathurst Local Court in August on 33 other charges relating to sexual assault and acts of indecency on juveniles aged between 10 and 18.

Reports said his court appearance prompted eight more alleged victims to make further allegations against the former cleric.

The man’s lawyer, Greg Walsh, said his client had emphatically denied the allegations and he was concerned that the latest complaints had emerged only “as a result of gross contamination” in the media.

“The real concern here is whether someone such as my client can obtain a fair trial in these circumstances,” he told Sydney’s Daily Telegraph.

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