It was reported yesterday that a Catholic Priest in Narrandera had been
arrested and charged in relation to a serious criminal offence.
We can now confirm that the alleged offender has been identified as
Father Neru Leuea, parish priest of St Mel's Parish in Naranderra.
The charge is aggravated sexual assault - victim under the age of 16
I can't speak to the particulars of this case as it is an ongoing
investigation, however, we recognise that any allegation of child sexual
abuse is extremely distressing for everyone involved.
We pledge our absolute support to any victim of child sexual abuse and
assure everyone that we have in place, strict protocols for the reporting
of this type of allegation.
During this difficult time, we have offered support to the staff, clergy
and members of the affected parishes and will continue to offer
assistance and counselling wherever it is needed.
The NSW police and judicial system have an important job ahead of them
and we have offered our unconditional cooperation to ensure that this
matter can proceed without impediment or prejudice.
If anyone has any information relevant to this case or wishes to report a
crime, we urge them to contact Crimestoppers on 1800 333 000, or the
Child Protection Helpline on 132 111.