PRIEST RETURNS TO DOCK – Tuesday April 23 2013

– A former head of the Salesian Order in Australia has been charged with child sex crimes over a 10-year period.
Catholic priest Father Julian Fox, 67, was charged after returning from the Salesian headquarters in Rome and surrendering to police on Friday.
He had been working at the order’s head office, just 10 kilometres from the Vatican, since moving there in 2003.
It has been alleged Fr Fox was moved to Rome when allegations of sexual assault were levelled against him.
Victoria Police first formally requested that Fr Fox return to Australia in 2005.
Detectives have been negotiating with the Catholic Church to have him return from Rome since last July.
Fr Fox, a former principal of Salesian College at Rupertswood, was charged with 10 offences including buggery, indecent assault and common law assault. Police allege he abused students between 1976 and 1985.
He is the third Salesian from Rupertswood to be arrested in less than 12 months.
In 2004, the Salesians’ Australian chapter was accused of moving priests suspected of sexual assaults across state borders and overseas.
A police statement yesterday said Fr Fox’s return was a breakthrough in cooperation between the Victoria Police and the Catholic Church.
Another former Rupertswood principal, 69-year-old Frank Klep, has also been charged with sexual assaults of students between 1974 and 1984.
And former vice-principal David Rapson, 59, is expected to stand trial at the County Court later this year for offences allegedly committed in 1973-1990.
Fr Fox has been bailed to appear at Melbourne Magistrates Court on Friday.
The state parliamentary inquiry into child sex abuse yesterday heard the Uniting Church had paid $2 million to 63 victims. The Anglican Archdiocese of Melbourne paid 10 settlements totalling $268,000 in a decade – Shannon Deery


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