Tuesday, August 18, 2009

A Sydney Priest Accused of Grooming a 13-year-old Girl for sex has Been Released on Bail.

Original article

Detectives posing as a girl on an internet chat site allege that 54-year-old Father Robert Fuller was sexually explicit in conversations he had with them.

Court documents say he sent sexually explicit videos of himself, where his face is clearly seen.

It is alleged that the priest went to the car park at Parramatta swimming pool yesterday thinking he could meet the young girl.

Instead he was arrested by officers from the Child Exploitation Internet Unit.

In court today, Fuller's lawyer said that the crown case was very strong but he said that the priest had a clean record.

The priest's friend, Father Terence Bell, described him as a hard worker with a good reputation at his parish at All Saints Catholic Church in Liverpool.

He told the court that the church could post $25,000 to secure Fuller's release on bail.

Father Bell said he could live in a unit in Terrigal which the church owns and is used by priests for holidays.

Fuller was granted bail and the magistrate ordered him not to talk to anyone under the age of 18.

He is also banned from using the internet.

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