1. Australia’s most senior Catholic George Pell denies sex abuse allegations.
Australia’s most senior Catholic cleric Cardinal George Pell has denied child abuse allegations that were made public last night.
The ABC revealed that police are investigating multiple child abuse allegations leveled directly against Pell.
The allegations are about incidents which allegedly happened during Cardinal Pell’s time as Archbishop of Melbourne in the 1990s.
One complaint relates to a man who claims Pell touched him inappropriately while they were playing at a poll in Pell’s home town of Eureka in the late 70’s.
In another complaint, Torquay businessman Les Tyack gave a statement to the royal commission last year relating to an incident at the Torquay Surf Life Saving Club in the summer of 1986-87 reports the ABC.
He claims he saw a naked Pell with three small boys behaving in a manner that caused him concern.
The Cardinal said in a statement he “emphatically and unequivocally rejects any allegations of sexual abuse against him”.
“The Cardinal does not wish to cause any distress to any victim of abuse. However, claims that he has sexually abused anyone, in any place, at any time in his life are totally untrue and completely wrong.
For help: Bravehearts Counselling and support for survivors of child sexual abuse: 1800 272 831. 1800 Respect National counselling helpline: 1800 737 732
2. Person of interest in William Tyrell disappearance to face court today on charges by sexual crimes detectives.
William Spedding, a person of interest questioned over the disappearance of William Tyrrell is expected to appear at the Ballarat Magistrates Court today after being charged by sexual crimes detectives.
Spedding has been repeatedly questioned over the disappearance of William, 3, from the front yard of his grandmother’s home.