Sarawak authorities looking into status of priest accused of abuse

Sarawak authorities looking into status of priest accused of abuse
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KUCHING - Sarawak's immigration authorities are looking into news reports that a priest from Melbourne accused of child sexual abuse has moved to the state capital while on paid leave.

Incoming immigration director Ken Leben said the department was checking to see if Father Peter Grasby had entered the state.

"I have instructed my deputy to check (his) status," he told The Star when contacted on Thursday.

Asked whether Grasby would be deported if found to be in Kuching, Ken said he would have to study the matter first.

State Welfare, Women and Family Development Minister Datuk Fatimah Abdullah meanwhile said the relevant authorities should look into the report of Grasby's presence here.

"The police can look into the authenticity of this matter," she said.

The Sydney Morning Herald reported on Wednesday that Grasby had allegedly moved from Australia to Kuching and was seeking the company of young men on a gay dating website.

It said Grasby's profile on the Planetromeo website indicated that he allegedly travelled to Kuching on Jan 23.

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