Accused priest Kevin Francis Phillips pleads not guilty

The Daily Telegraph/May 5, 2009

A Practicing priest has been granted bail after facing a Sydney court charged with sexual assault offences at Saint Stanislaus Boarding School in Bathurst.

Queensland man Kevin Francis Phillips, 58, appeared in Downing Centre Local Court to face the charges after turning himself in to NSW Police yesterday.

He is the seventh man charged with sexual offences at the school between 1963 and 1990. Others charged include a former principal, former vice-principal and former chaplain. Police say almost 200 charges have been laid in total.

Phillips's charges include attempting homosexual intercourse by a teacher on a student, gross act of indecency and supplying a prohibited drug.

Phillips did not speak as his matter was briefly mentioned but his lawyer, Greg Walsh, indicated outside court his client would plead "absolutely not guilty".

"He emphatically denies it," Mr Walsh said.

Mr Walsh added that his client continued to practice as a priest in Queensland.

Phillips's bail was continued with added conditions that he may not contact any Crown witnesses except through a lawyer.

His matter next goes to court on June 23.

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