Priest accused of sexual abuse in PNG in suspected drug overdose | Pacific Beat

Priest accused of sexual abuse in PNG in suspected drug overdose

Priest accused of sexual abuse in PNG in suspected drug overdose

Updated 9 October 2014, 18:02 AEDT

An elderly Australian priest accused of sexually abusing boys in the 1960s has been rushed to hospital in Papua New Guinea, after a suspected drug overdose.

It came just hours after Father Roger Mount was made aware of plans to deport him to Australia.

Roger Mount has previously denied the allegations of abuse but has also ignored a suspension from PNG's Catholic church and has simply refused to leave his rural parish.

Neighbours and local church officials say two school-aged boys have been living with the elderly priest.

Despite rumours of the alleged abuse being known around town, the chairman of the local Catholic council thought it was a private matter.

Presenter: Liam Cochrane, Papua New Guinea correspondent

Speaker: Father Roger Mount; Dorcas Ledo, local resident; Joseph Efi, head of the local church council

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