Renee Pilcher

Officials to be questioned over child sex abuse at refuge

HIGH profile politicians and military officials will be among those grilled over the sexual abuse of teenage boys at a children's homeless refuge following the arrest of a former social worker in Sydney.

The Homeless Children's Association in Darlinghurst cared for hundreds of children between May 1981 and July 1983.

Detectives investigating claims that at least two teenage boys were repeatedly sexually assaulted and photographed by a social worker during their stay in the 80s arrested a 67-year-old man in Sydney today.

He was charged with buggery, indecent assault, indecent act with a male and production, dissemination or possession of child abuse material.

Further arrests are expected.

In Canberra, a retired priest was charged with historic child sex offences.

The 80-year-old man is accused of assaulting two former students of a local Marist college in the NSW Hunter Valley between the 60s and 70s.

Police have urged victims of sexual assault, no matter how long ago the offences occurred, to come forward.



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