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Priest accused of abuse arrested in Canberra

Priest accused of abuse arrested in Canberra

ABC News, Australia/December 18, 2012

A New South Wales police strike force dedicated to handling complaints from clergy abuse victims has arrested a retired priest in Canberra.

Strike Force Georgiana has dealt with scores of abuse victims since it was set up in the Hunter Valley several years ago.

Several priests in the region have been jailed as a result of complaints, while at least a dozen victims are known to have committed suicide.

Today, detectives have announced another arrest, charging a retired priest with three counts of indecent assault allegedly committed against two victims while he was working at a Marist college in the Hunter Valley in the 1960s and 1970s.

Police say they charged the 80-year-old after travelling to his home at Cook in the ACT.

The man is on bail and due to face Newcastle Local Court at the end of January.

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