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Former priest, 74, to face court over alleged historical sex assault

A 74-year-old former priest will face court today charged over alleged historical child sexual assault offences in northern NSW.

In November 2021, detectives from Richmond Police District commenced an investigation following reports a boy, then aged 14, had been sexually abused at a church property in Mallanganee – about 40km west of Casino – in 1982.

“Following extensive inquiries, a 74-year-old man was arrested at Casino Police Station on Tuesday 18 October 2022,” NSW Police said today.

He was charged with sexual assault – assault and act of indecency, sexual assault – person under 16 years, and sexual assault – indecent act with person under 16 years of age.

Police will allege in court that the former priest invited the boy to his house before sexually assaulting him.

The man was granted strict conditional bail to appear before Kyogle Local Court today.

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