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Jail call for accused church volunteer


A local police prosecutor wants a jail term imposed on a convicted sex offender apprehended near a Catholic primary school at Albury in the southern NSW Diocese of Wagga Wagga.

The Border Mail reports that Sgt Bob Hanzic told Albury court that he would be making submissions on an appropriate sentence for Robert Ronald Caldwell (pictured) and suggesting a jail term.

Caldwell, 65, pleaded guilty to being a convicted sex offender loitering near a school without reasonable excuse and having a knife in a public place.

In 2003, Caldwell was convicted in Albury Court of indecently assaulting a girl aged under 10 and sentenced to 10 months in jail.

Caldwell was seen by a police officer at 8.15 am on 5 May in the car park of St Patricks Primary School.

Solicitor Michael Hayes said Caldwell did voluntary work at St Patrick's Church after attending mass each morning.

Parish priest Monsignor William Fulton gave evidence about Caldwell's voluntary work.

Acting police prosecutor Sgt Len Kerr told the hearing when opposing bail that Caldwell faced a maximum term of two years jail on the charge of loitering near the school.

Caldwell was accompanied by Monsignor Fulton for Tuesday's court appearance.

Caldwell was granted bail after appearing in court on 5 May and indicating he intended to plead not guilty. His sentencing has been adjourned until 9 August.

SOURCE
Jail call for child abuser (The Border Mail 29/6/05)

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Catholic Diocese of Wagga Wagga | Albury


30 Jun 2005