WA priest denies historical abuse charges

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Historical child sex abuse charges have been laid against a former West Australian priest.
Camera IconHistorical child sex abuse charges have been laid against a former West Australian priest.

An elderly man has denied repeatedly sexually abusing a young girl when he was a Catholic priest in Western Australia dating back about four decades.

Richard Joseph Doyle, 84, was providing pastoral care when he allegedly abused the girl between 1979 and 1982.

The girl was aged between six and seven at the time of the first offence, police say.

Doyle faced Perth Magistrates Court on Monday where he pleaded not guilty to six counts of indecent treatment of a child.

He was released on a $5000 bail until his next court appearance on September 21.

Police say their investigation is ongoing and anyone with information should contact Crime Stoppers.

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