A FORMER priest and St Stanislaus’ College form master has been charged with 10 counts of indecently assaulting a male.
The matter involving Peter John Ryan, now 71 of Newington, was mentioned before magistrate Michael Allen in Bathurst Local Court yesterday.
Ryan, who is being represented by barrister Greg Walsh, did not appear during the brief hearing, which was mentioned by Department of Public Prosecutions solicitor Mr Walford.
Mr Walford told the court there were still police statements outstanding and asked the matter be put over until June 16 for replies.
Mr Allen ordered the balance of brief to be completed by June 9, with the matter to return to court on June 16.
Ryan was charged last month by Strike Force Belle officers.
The strike force was established in 2008 to investigate allegations of a paedophile ring at St Stanislaus’ College and All Saints’ College in the 1970s and 1980s.
To date, the strike force has laid more than 300 charges.
Detectives are continuing to investigate allegations and ask anyone with information to contact Strike Force Belle via Bathurst police on 6332 8699 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.