Former priest to front court on over 100 child-sex charges

A FORMER Northern NSW priest is facing more than 100 child-sex charges spanning two decades.

The 59-year-old, who can not be named, was before the Armidale court for a string of related offences on Wednesday when he faced 64 additional charges.

Police allege he repeatedly assaulted six boys and three girls in the 70s and another boy and two girls in the early 80s at Moree, Narrabri, Inverell and Armidale.

Charges include 11 counts of sexual intercourse without consent and 52 counts of indecent assault.

The accused will front court again on July 3.

Detectives from Strike Force Glenroe, which was set up last year to investigate historic sexual offences in the New England region, expect to make more arrests.

A spokesperson for the Sex Crime Squad said detectives were dedicated to investigating all sex related crimes, regardless of the passage of time and urged victims to make a report at their local police station.

Topics:  child abuse court crime police sexual assault

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