October 06, 2005

Former policeman considers legal action over resignation


A former Mildura policeman is now considering civil action against the Victoria police and the Catholic Church over his role in an investigation into child sex crimes 30 years ago.

Former detective Denis Ryan, who now owns a fruit block at Red Cliffs, says he was forced to resign as a result of efforts to prosecute a senior Catholic priest.

Mr Ryan had taken statements in the 1970s from 14 boys and two girls, alleging they had been sexually assaulted by Monsignor John Day.

Mr Ryan's solicitor, John Zigouras, says he is also continuing to gather evidence for a class action on behalf of victims.

Posted by kshaw at October 6, 2005 10:40 AM