Former priest back in court

A FORMER Catholic priest, who worked in the Shoalhaven in the 1970s, facing five charges of indecently assaulting children, appeared in Parramatta Local Court on Monday.

Robert Flaherty, 70, who now lives at Wentworth Falls in the Blue Mountains, appeared before Magistrate McGlynn, facing five charges of indecent assault against children.

Magistrate McGlynn adjourned the matters until August 1 for possible committal for sentence.

The offences were alleged to have taken place in the Shoalhaven and Sydney up to 40 years ago, with the alleged victims aged between 11 and 15.

Strike Force Nemesis was formed by detectives from Blacktown Local Area Command to investigate the allegations.

Flaherty’s bail was continued.

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