A FORMER Anglican priest has been charged with multiple counts of indecent assault and gross indecency against two young girls.
Timothy Cohen, 63 has been charged with multiple counts of indecent assault and gross indecency in regional Victorian towns in the 1980s.
He is also accused of sexual penetration with one of the victims.
The Melbourne Magistrates Court heard on Friday that Cohen planned to contest the charges at a three-day hearing in April.
The complainants will give evidence via a remote facility.
Cohen remains on bail and the court heard he had recently moved from his Ocean Grove home to Clifton Hill.
Court documents reveal police charged Cohen with 25 offences in August.
Four charges relate to incidents alleged to have happened in Trafalgar, in the West Gippsland region, some time between January 1, 1982 and December 21, 1984.
Another seven charges — including sexual penetration of a child — were in relation to allegations in Anglesea on the Surf Coast during the same period.
Further offending allegedly happened in Alexandra and Eildon in the state’s central district between December 1, 1985 and December 30, 1987.
Anglican priest charged over historical child sex abuse allegations Rebekah Cavanagh, Herald Sun November 12, 2017Tweet