An elderly Catholic priest is expected to face a Victorian court next week over historical sex abuse claims against seven victims.
An elderly Catholic priest will be extradited from Queensland to Victoria, where he is expected to be charged over historical sexual assault offences against seven victims.
Roger Melville Mount, 72, who has been living in Papua New Guinea, was arrested in Cairns by detectives from a Victorian task force dealing with sex abuse complaints against members of the clergy.
On Friday, he appeared in the Cairns Magistrates Court where an extradition application by Victorian police was granted, a court official told AAP.
The official couldn’t say when Mount would be extradited, but confirmed he is in custody and is due to face the Melbourne Magistrates Court on Monday.
He is expected to be charged with 62 sexual assault offences against seven victims allegedly committed in Greensborough between 1968 and 1974, Victorian police said.
His arrest follows an investigation by the Sano task force which was established by police to investigate historic and new allegations arising from the Victorian parliamentary inquiry into child sex abuse.