Australian Police Arrest Bishop Saunders in Child Abuse Probe

Local police in Western Australia arrested Bishop Christopher Saunders, the former leader of the Diocese of Broome, at his home on Wednesday, Feb. 21.

On Thursday morning, authorities confirmed the charges facing Saunders after the 72-year old bishop was taken into custody by officers of Western Australia Police’s anti-child abuse squad, and following a raid on his former residence last month.

WAP officers said they seized boxes of documents and other evidence “as part of an ongoing investigation into historic child sex offenses,” and confirmed the bishop is charged with more than 19 counts of sexual abuse related crimes.

The bishop has been released on bail and is due in court for an initial hearing on Feb. 22.

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