Australian bishop 'covered for priest'

Philip Wilson charged with hiding child sex abuse

(ANSA-AP) - Canberra, March 17 - A Roman Catholic archbishop in Australia was charged Tuesday with covering up for a pedophile priest during the 1970s.
    Archbishop of Adelaide Philip Wilson said he was disappointed that New South Wales state police had decided to charge him with concealing a serious child sexual abuse offence.
    Wilson said he would fight the charge, which carries a potential two-year prison sentence.
    The charge alleges the 64-year-old failed to report child sex abuse carried out by priest James Fletcher during the 1970s when they both served in the town of Maitland, north of Sydney.
    Fletcher died in prison aged 65 in 2006, a year into an almost eight-year sentence for raping an altar boy between 1989 and 1991.


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