Bishop Max Davis.  Photo: Department of Defence
Bishop Max Davis. Photo: Department of Defence

Australian Defence Force Bishop charged with teen sex

THE Bishop of the Australian Defence Force has been charged with a sex offence dating back to 1969.

Bishop Max Davis is believed to be the most senior clergyman in the Catholic Church, and the first bishop, to be charged with a child sex offence.

The alleged incident took place when Bishop Davis was teaching at St Benedict's College in New Norcia, north-east of Perth.

The Church said Bishop Davis was not an ordained priest when the incident is alleged to have occurred, and that he "emphatically denies" the charge.

"An allegation has been made to the police that in 1969 Bishop Max Davis abused a student at St. Benedict's College in New Nocria," said a statement from the Catholic Military Ordinariate of Australia.

"At that time - 45 years ago - the bishop was not ordained. The bishop emphatically denies the allegation and the charge will be defended."

The statement said that Bishop Davis will stand aside from his office and his role as Catholic member of the Religious Advisory Committee to the Services while the matter is dealt with by the courts.

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The full statement from the Catholic Military Ordinariate of Australia:

"An allegation has been made to the police that in 1969 Bishop Max Davis abused a student at St. Benedict's College in New Norcia Western Australia where he was teaching at the time.

"As a result a charge has been laid by the WA Police.

"At that time - 45 years ago - the bishop was not ordained.

"The bishop emphatically denies the allegation and the charge will be defended.

'In the circumstances the bishop has decided to stand aside while the matter is dealt with by the court.

"No further comment will be made while the legal process is underway.

"In the meantime, the Vicar General is responsible for the administration of the Diocese.'


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