A priest, aged 80, is jailed by a Sydney court for sexual crimes he committed against children at a Catholic boarding school many years ago

  • Article updated 10 December 2021

A Catholic priest, Father Anthony Caruana, aged 80, was sentenced to jail by a Sydney court on 10 December 2021 for committing sexual offences against a number of boys, aged 12 to 15, in the 1980s when Father Caruana was on the staff of Chevalier College, a Catholic boarding school at Burradoo (near Bowral) in southern New South Wales. Chevalier College was established by a Catholic religious order of priests, known as the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart. His jail sentence is for 15 years with the right to release after ten years. 

Some background

In April 2019, detectives attached to the Hume Police District – working under Strike Force Kesup – investigated allegations of sexual and indecent assaults at Chevalier College in the 1980s. The investigation was managed by the Southern Highlands Detectives Office at Moss Vale Police.

The detectives arrested Father Anthony William Peter Caruana at an address in Kensington in Sydney's eastern suburbs on 12 April 2019. Caruana was charged with a number of offences. Later, in a Local Court in Sydney, he was granted bail, pending his next court appearances. Later again, he was charged regarding some additional offences.

Caruana’s offences allegedly occurred between 1982 and 1988.

A court list gave the defendant's full name as Anthony William Peter CARUANA. In private life, he is known as Father Tony Caruana.

Eventually a magistrate committed Caruana to stand trial, and this trial was held with a jury in the New South Wales District Court in mid-2021. Caruana contested the charges. A jury found him guilty on 23 charges. The sentencing procedure was held on 10 December 2021,