Second priest in sex claim tip-off

Nick McKenzie; 3/12/09

The Catholic Church’s chief sexual abuse investigator in Melbourne has for the second time tipped off a priest that he is the target of a covert police inquiry. The action by Peter O’Callaghan, QC, has infuriated police and drawn a strong rebuke from Victoria’s top sexual crime detective. In the two separate cases, the priests were told by Mr O’Callaghan that they were under investigation without the consent of detectives, before police had interviewed them and while the inquiries were at a covert stage, leaving them open to potential compromise.