NSW priest receives bail after sex charges

Jamie McKinnell

A Catholic priest who allegedly abused a young boy on the NSW mid north coast almost four decades ago is due to face court next month after being granted conditional bail.

The victim, now 46, came forward in March 2014, a year after the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse was established.

His alleged abuser, a 76-year-old, was charged with three counts of indecent assault on Thursday.

The younger man was between the ages of nine and 12 at the time the alleged abuse occurred at the hands of two priests and a third man.

The charged man agreed to stand aside from the ministry, Bishop Bill Wright from the Maitland-Newcastle Catholic Diocese said in a statement after the arrest.

But he refused to confirm when the church was made aware of the allegations.

The accused man is due to face Forster Local Court on April 5.