March 27, 2006

Ex-chaplain 'not guilty' on child sex

Townsville Bulletin

A FORMER chaplain of an exclusive Adelaide boys school has pleaded not guilty in the South Australian District Court to child sex charges.

John Mountford, 50, will be tried on five counts of indecent assault, two counts of unlawful sexual intercourse and one count of procuring an act of gross indecency.

The charges relate to the alleged abuse of a 14-year-old boy between 1991 and 1992, when Mr Mountford was a chaplain at Adelaide's St Peter's College, where the boy was a student.

The allegations were detailed in an independent report in 2004 into the handling of sex abuse claims in the Anglican Church.

The report forced the resignation of then Adelaide Anglican Archbishop Ian George because it revealed Dr George met Mr Mountford on the day he fled to Thailand in 1992.

Posted by kshaw at March 27, 2006 07:49 AM