Historical charges

A FORMER Catholic priest who worked in the Shoalhaven in the 1970s charged with five counts of indecent assault against children appeared in Parramatta Local Court on Wednesday.

The charges against Robert Flaherty, 70, who now lives at Wentworth Falls in the Blue Mountains, were adjourned for mention on February 26.

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.

Flaherty had his bail continued with the matter to be back in Parramatta Local Court for mention on February 26.

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