March 29, 2005

Australasia ; Catholic priest on 29 child sex charges:


[Australasia News] A Catholic priest facing 29 child sex charges dating back to the 1970s has appeared in Melbourne Magistrates Court for the start of his committal hearing.

Frank Gerard Klep, 61, has been charged by Sexual Crimes Squad detectives with 28 counts of indecent assault and one of buggery.

The offences involve eight boys and were allegedly committed at Sunbury between 1973 and 1979.

Klep, a member of the Salesian order, was a teacher at the order's Rupertswood College in Sunbury, on Melbourne's north-west fringe, during the period and eventually rose to become principal.

He left Melbourne in April 1998 to become the senior financial officer at a Salesian theological college in Samoa.

A month later, Klep was charged with five counts of indecent assault involving a 15-year-old student at the college that dated back to 1973.

Posted by kshaw at March 29, 2005 05:38 AM