A former Shenton Park Catholic priest accused of sexually abusing and physically assaulting children in Perth over 23 years has pleaded not guilty to 16 charges.
Subiaco resident Patrick Holmes (83) is accused of abusing children as young as six between 1969 and 1992 when he was a priest in Shenton Park and Carlisle.
Mr Holmes was a priest at St Aloysius Church in Keightley Road in Shenton Park in the 1970s and 80s.
L a s t mont h p o l i c e charged Mr Holmes with unlawfully and indecently assaulting a male – alleged to be a seven-year-old boy.
The other charges were laid earlier this year.
Mr Holmes was a priest at a Carlisle church when the alleged offence was committed.
When he appeared in the Perth Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday, two unlawful assault charges were adjourned until June 10 and 14 other charges, including indecent dealing of a child under 14 years, were committed to the District Court on February 1 next year.