Former Bishop Charged with New Offenses in Ongoing Child Sexual Abuse Investigation

Former Broome bishop charged with new child sexual abuse allegations, investigation uncovers 67 potential victims and misuse of church funds.

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Former Bishop Charged with New Offenses in Ongoing Child Sexual Abuse Investigation

Former Bishop Charged with New Offenses in Ongoing Child Sexual Abuse Investigation

Former Bishop of Broome Christopher Saunders has been charged with new charges against former bishop accused of abusing children as part of an ongoing investigation into alleged child sexual abuse. The Western Australian Police Child Abuse Squad executed a search warrant at the former bishop's home in connection with the investigation.

In February, Saunders was previously charged with multiple counts of sexual assault and indecent dealing with a child. The new charges stem from an alleged incident in 2016, where Saunders is accused of sexually assaulting a 21 or 22-year-old man. He now faces two additional counts of Unlawful and Indecent Assault and is scheduled to appear in court on June 17.

The ongoing investigation has also uncovered other concerning allegations against the former bishop. A leaked 2023 Vatican report found that Saunders likely sexually assaulted four Indigenous youths and may have groomed 67 others. The report also contained allegations of Saunders misusing church funds.

Why this matters: The case against Christopher Saunders highlights the ongoing issue of child sexual abuse within religious institutions. It also highlights the importance of thorough investigations and holding perpetrators accountable, regardless of their position or status.

Police are urging anyone with information related to the investigation to come forward. Victims of sexual abuse are encouraged to contact the police directly or report anonymously through the Safe2Say platform. With the investigation ongoing, authorities remain committed to uncovering the full extent of the alleged abuse and seeking justice for the victims.

Key Takeaways

  • Former Bishop of Broome Christopher Saunders charged with new abuse allegations
  • Accused of sexually assaulting a 21/22-year-old man in 2016, faces 2 new charges
  • Vatican report found Saunders likely assaulted 4 Indigenous youths, groomed 67 others
  • Allegations of Saunders misusing church funds also uncovered in investigation
  • Police urge anyone with information to come forward, support victims of abuse