A FORMER Catholic priest who worked in the Shoalhaven in the 1970s has appeared in court charged with five counts of indecent assault against children.
Robert Flaherty, 70, who now lives at Wentworth Falls in the Blue Mountains, appeared in Penrith Local Court on Friday.
The offences were alleged to have taken place in the Shoalhaven and Sydney up to 40 years ago.
Detectives from Blacktown Local Area Command established Strike Force Nemesis to investigate the allegations.
The alleged victims were aged between 11 and 15.
On Friday Flaherty had his bail continued.
The matter will be back in Penrith Local Court for mention on November 29.