Serving priest 'abused 18 boys'
August 14, 2008
A serving Catholic priest has been charged with abusing 18 boys, some of them at schools in Newcastle.
Sixty-five-year-old John Sidney Denham faces 30 child sex charges relating to boys aged 11 to 17.
Police allege the priest abused the boys in the 1970s and early 1980s, while he was based at St Pius X High School in Adamstown in Newcastle, at the Charlestown and Taree parishes.
The charges arose from an initial single complaint made in April.
Denham chose to remain in his cell when Central Local Court heard the matter this afternoon.
He made no application for bail. It was formally refused and the matter was put over until October 1.
Police say the Newcastle-Maitland Diocese of the Catholic Church has helped them with their investigation, which is continuing.
Anyone with information that could aid the probe is urged to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or Crime Stoppers or Strike Force Georgiana on (02) 4942 9999.
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