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UPDATE: WA priest denies sexual abuse charges

An 84-year-old man has been charged with historic child sex offences, and will face court on Monday, July 13. Photo: File image.
An 84-year-old man has been charged with historic child sex offences, and will face court on Monday, July 13. Photo: File image.

UPDATE

Richard Joseph Doyle has pleaded not guilty to historical child sex abuse charges he allegedly committed while serving as a Catholic priest in Western Australia.

The 84-year-old has denied repeatedly sexually abusing a young girl when he was a Catholic priest in Western Australia dating back about four decades.

Doyle faced Perth Magistrates Court on Monday where he pleaded not guilty to six counts of indecent treatment of a child.

He was released on $5000 bail until his next court appearance on September 21.

Police say their investigation is ongoing and anyone with information should contact Crime Stoppers.

EARLIER

A Mandurah man has been charged with historic child sex offences following an investigation by the Child Abuse Squad.

It is alleged the 84-year-old man indecently assaulted a girl aged between six and seven while he was a Catholic priest providing pastoral care, between the years of 1979 and 1982.

He has been charged with six counts of indecent treatment of a child under 14 years, and is due to appear before Perth Magistrates Court on Monday, July 13.

The investigation is ongoing and detectives urge anyone with information regarding the matter to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or make a report online at crimestopperswa.com.au

If you are or have been a victim of sexual abuse, or if you have information about someone being abused, please contact police on 131 444.

- With Australian Associated Press