Second Australian Catholic priest charged

RETIRED Maitland-Newcastle catholic priest Lewis Fenton has appeared in Newcastle local court as the second Australian Catholic priest charged with concealing the child sex crimes of another person.

Mr Fenton, 81, did not enter a plea to a misprision of a felony - failing to disclose a serious crime - and one count of accessory before the fact before the fact related to events in the mid-1980s.

He was supported in court by a small group of people and did not make a statement outside the court.

The matter was adjourned until March.

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