Archbishop Wilson pleads not guilty to concealing sex abuse

Archbishop Wilson

The Arcbishop of Adelaide Philip Wilson has pleaded not guilty to concealing child sexual abuse allegations against a paedophile priest, reports the ABC.

Archbishop Wilson was not in court yesterday, but was represented by his lawyer, Simon Buchen.

Police allege that between 2004 and 2006, Archbishop Wilson concealed a child sexual abuse allegation that had been made against the late Hunter Valley paedophile priest Jim Fletcher.

Court documents say Archbishop Wilson believed Fletcher had indecently assaulted a 10-year-old boy in 1971, and knew he had information which might help with Fletcher's prosecution.

The documents say that, without reasonable excuse, Wilson failed to bring that information to the attention of police.

Archbishop Wilson had been an assistant parish priest in East Maitland, and worked with Fletcher during the 1970s.

Mr Buchen said his client pleaded not guilty to the charge.

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Adelaide Catholic Archbishop Philip Wilson pleads not guilty to concealing child sex abuse (ABC)

Archbishop Philip Wilson pleads not guilty to concealing child sex abuse (SMH)

Adelaide Archbishop pleads not guilty (AAP/Yahoo7)

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