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More Child Abuse Charges For WA Ex-Priest

A former Catholic priest accused of sexually and physically assaulting girls and boys in Perth over a period of more than 20 years now faces a total of 15 charges.

Patrick Holmes, 83, was charged with nine offences in April when police alleged he abused seven children between 1979 and 1992 while he was a priest in Shenton Park.

They say the victims were aged between six and 12 at the time of those offences.

Holmes was charged with a further three offences in July, with police claiming he indecently assaulted a seven-year-old girl in 1970 when he was a priest in Carlisle.

On Friday, he was charged with three counts of indecent assault, with police alleging he abused a girl, aged six at the time of the first offence, between 1969 and 1972.

Holmes, from Subiaco, will appear in Perth Magistrates Court later on Friday.

Police say the investigation is extensive and ongoing

AAP

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