Appeal after sex offence arrest

NEW South Wales Police have appealed to a Tasmanian person who they believe could help them investigate historical child sexual offence allegations, following the arrest of a former Catholic brother.

No details about the Tasmanian resident are available, but a NSW Police spokesman said that if the person read this article, they would know to contact NSW Police.

NSW sex crimes squad detectives, as part of Strike Force Avia, arrested a Lithgow man, 58, on Wednesday.

The former Catholic brother was charged with 20 offences, including two counts of buggery, 13 counts of indecent assault on a male, and five counts of indecent act with a male relating to alleged offending against two boys, aged between nine and 11.

The allegations date from January 1980 to May 1981, when the former brother worked at a Catholic college in Blacktown.

The Lithgow man is Strike Force Avia's fourth arrest during its investigation into alleged assaults upon children within school grounds at a Catholic college at Blacktown and a Catholic primary school at Lalor Park in the 1980s.

Detectives have previously arrested and charged three men; two teachers and a former Catholic brother.

Police urge anyone with information about the crimes to call Crime Stoppers on 1800333000.

Email: ctang@examiner.com.au

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