AN ELDERLY Catholic priest has been charged over a series of historic child sex offences spanning two decades.
The 74-year-old is accused of failing to report repeated allegations of sexual abuse by another priest while he was the principal of an Adamstown high school in the late 70s and assaulting several boys at a Sydney church during the 80s.
He was arrested at Charlestown on Thursday morning and charged with 15 related offences.
He will front a Newcastle court on September 24.
Strike Force Georgiana was set up in March, 2008 to investigate allegations of child sexual abuse by a number of priests in the Central Coast area.
Police expect to make further arrests.