Father Ron Peters charged with indecent assaults on boy

Charged: Father Ron Peters

Charged: Father Ron Peters

A priest who served his traineeship in Campbelltown has been charged with historical indecent assaults.

Father Ron Peters, was arrested in Wollongong on Tuesday.

The 61-year-old priest, who is now chair of the Diocesan Schools Council and works in many Illawarra school communities, was charged at Lake Illawarra Police Station with three counts of aggravated indecent assault and aggravated indecency.

Father Ron served as a deacon (trainee priest) in Campbelltown for a few years in the early 2000s. He was attached to the St Thomas More parish at Ruse and at the time was a popular well-liked figure within the local Catholic community.

The charges against Father Ron result from an investigation launched in 2018 by Fairfield police after they received allegations of indecent assaults on a 15-year-old boy at a high school in the Fairfield area in 1993.

Father Ron has been granted conditional bail to appear in Port Kembla Local Court on May 15. He is suspended from the church, according to NSW police.

The Wollongong Diocese has refused however to comment on Father Ron's status.

"This is a situation where the police have laid charges and will be bringing the matter before the courts.

"For all involved, this process needs to be given the total respect it deserves," the Diocese said in a statement.

Father Ron's profile has this week been removed from the Wollongong Catholic Diocese website.

It previously stated that Father Ron was ordained by Bishop Peter Ingham in 2005 and briefly served in Ruse and Nowra parishes.

He was a chaplain for the Berrima Womens Correctional Facility before being appointed Dean and Administrator to the Wollongong Cathedral in 2006.

He "continues his role as Dean and is now the Administrator of the Lumen Christi Parishes, Wollongong", the site stated.

"He is the Chair of the Diocesan Schools Council and sits on a number of the diocesan school committees."