A 67-year-old Australian Roman Catholic who just returned from Vatican presented himself together with his lawyer on Monday at Victoria State police headquarters in Melbourne. This is in line with, at least, ten counts of child abuse charges filed against him.
Australian authorities have been negotiating with Vatican to have the priest returned home where he would face crimes, which allegedly happened between 1976 and 1985, he committed. The charges include buggery, indecent assault and common law assault, according to a Big Pond report.
The priest is the latest person charged with child sex abuse after police set up a specialised taskforce to investigate allegations of abuse by religious groups and other organisations. There is an increasing number of victims who come forward to testify after the government assured them of protection and support.
The priest, whose name is withheld, has been allowed to post bail and would appear before the Magistrates Court in Melbourne on Friday.