Priest on multiple child sex charges
Priest on multiple child sex charges

A 79-year-old man has been charged over alleged incidents involving children dating back to the 1960s while he was a Catholic priest.

The charges follow investigations by child abuse squad detectives relating to sexual assault and serious physical matters involving children in State care before March 1, 2006.

The priest was based at a Shenton Park church in 1980 when he allegedly indecently assaulted a girl who was aged 10-12 years when she visited the presbytery after school.

"It is further alleged in 1969, the same priest was working at a church in Carlisle, when he indecently assaulted a girl who was aged six to seven years of age," police said.

Those alleged incidents also occurred in the presbytery.

The man has been charged with six counts of indecent dealing with a child under 13 years.

He is due to appear in Perth Magistrate's Court tomorrow.

Victims of child abuse or people who have information about someone being abused are urged to contact police on 131 444.

The West Australian

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