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Perth Anglican Archbishop Failed To Report Paedophile Ring 'Kingpin'

Victims of paedophile Peter Rushton have spoken publicly.

21/07/2016 7:38 PM AEST | Updated 21/07/2016 10:22 PM AEST
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Anglican Archbishop of Perth, Roger Herft.

WARNING: This story contains graphic details of sexual assault.

Anglican Archbishop of Perth, Roger Herft, allegedly failed to formally report complaints of abuse against paedophile priest Peter Rushton.

The ABC's 7:30 Report obtained a confidential diary note made by Archbishop Herft, revealing he knew about Rushton's abuse but allegedly failed to make any formal reports.

In the note, Archbishop Herft wrote that the complaint left him in an "unenviable position".

"Father Peter had my licence and if he re-offended I would be held liable as I now had prior knowledge of his alleged behaviour," the note stated. The entire note can be seen here.

Priest Peter Rushton was outed as a notorious paedophile by the Anglican Church in 2010, but on Thursday night some of his victims came forward to tell The 7:30 Report their stories of being raped and sexually assaulted.

Two paedophile rings based out of Newcastle infiltrated St Alban's Home For Boys in Aberdare in the Hunter Valley region, which was a training college for priests, as well as being an orphanage.


Victim Paul Gray, who is now in his 60s, attended St Alban's Boys and was a member of the Anglican version of the Scouts. Rushton took him to one of the camps, where he was stalked by five men.

"They just let you go and run to try and get away," Gray, who was 10 years old at the time, told 7:30.

"You know, when you're a little kid and you've got a choice of either jumping over a cliff -- because that's where it was, on the cliffs -- or people abusing you.

"That haunts your mind for the rest of your life, because you feel you should have jumped."

Gray said Rushton was the "kingpin" of the paedophile rings, recalling the "worst" moment when Rushton left him in a room at St Alban's Boys with three men.

"I remember calling out to him to not leave me there and he did, and I was taken there many times."

Nick Brown also attended one of the camps, where he was brutally raped.

"One of the worst things that happened was I had my backside split open," Brown told 7:30.

Rushton and Brother Jim Brown -- who he was in a relationship with -- became board members, taking some boys home on the weekends and fostering orphans.

Peter Rushton trained at Morpeth, which is where one quarter of convicted paedophile priests graduated, claim 7:30.

Royal Commission hearings into child sexual abuse in the Anglican Diocese will begin on August 2. Anglican Archbishop of Perth Roger Herft said it would be innappropriate to comment before the hearings.

To watch the entire The 7:30 Report segment, click here.

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