Priest who defended Pell also the subject of sex abuse claim
A CATHOLIC priest who gave evidence to the child abuse royal commission in defence of Cardinal George Pell was himself the subject of a historical sexual abuse claim.
In 2012, the victim, John Roach, received an apology and $75,000 compensation after the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne accepted he had been sexually abused by Father John Walshe, a parish priest based at Mentone in Melbourne's south east.
Father Walshe denies he abused Mr Roach.
Mr Roach was an 18-year-old seminarian in 1982 when the incident took place.
Father Walshe had recently been ordained and was in his early 20s.
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