Former Anglican priest on trial in Perth for molesting boys
Raymond Sydney Cheek, above, is facing charges of molesting five boys, one of whom was told that it was ‘church tradition’ for a priest to dress altar boys.
According to this report, Perth District Court was told that Cheek, 84, warned one of his victims not to tell anyone about being molested because:
God doesn’t care for liars.
Cheek alleged abused the boys between 1955 and 1985.
Four of the men came forward in recent years when it became known that Cheek had been charged over an incident that allegedly occurred in 1985.
That victim claims Cheek undressed him and rubbed his body against him when he was 15-years-old.
The next day, Cheek allegedly told the boy he should keep what had happened to himself because God doesn’t like liars.
Cheek was the Anglican parish priest in Williams at the time.
The other men were allegedly fondled by Cheek between 1955 and 1976 during dealings with him through churches in Ravensthorpe and Albany and the Wembley scouts.
Prosecutor Alan Dungey told the members of the jury they may come to the conclusion that Cheek had a sexual interest in boys and adolescent males.
He said there were “remarkable” similarities between the victim’s complaints.
These men did not know each other, they have never met each other. Their dealings with Raymond Cheek are decades apart.
There are some memories that remain vivid no matter how much time has passed.
Cheek pleaded not guilty to two counts of indecently dealing with a child under age 14, two counts of indecent assault and one count of committing an act of gross indecency with a male person.
Defence lawyer Michael Perrella said prejudice loomed large in the case given there was currently an “unprecedented amount” of publicity around institutional sexual abuse.
He told the jury the passage of time was an important factor to consider when assessing the reliability and accuracy of witnesses.
Two of the alleged victims said they were altar boys when they were molested.
One man claims he was just eight when Cheek fondled him after telling him it was church tradition for the parish priest to dress altars boys.