Priest faces child sex charges

Courier-Mail, Australia/June 27, 2007

A senior member of the Anglican church has appeared briefly in the Brisbane Magistrates Court charged with nine sex offences against children.

Barry John Greaves, 70, an Anglican canon, has been charged with indecent dealing and indecent treatment of children between 1981 and 1985 in Boonah, west of Brisbane.

Court documents reveal there are two complainants.

Two of the charges relate to a child under 14 years of age, while the remaining seven charges relate to a child under 17.

A spokesman for the archbishop's office said the Diocese of Brisbane's policy "is to stand down anyone facing charges until those matters are dealt with".

Greaves is due to face court again on August 6.

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