This would only be in line with their own hocus-pocus teachings.The catholic Church has continuously investigated sexual abuse and procedures by their own ilk, since the Council of Elvira in 309 C.E. and has nevertheless indulged in these crimes ever since, for nearly 2000 Years.If we now start to believe or trust, liars, criminals, cheats and deceivers, we have only ourselves to blame.
Thursday, 30 April 2015
The case was announced in a NSW Police media release on 28 April 2015.
According to this media release, the investigation began in 2014 when police from the Blue Mountains Local Area Command and the Sex Crimes Squad received information relating to the alleged assault of a young girl by a man at Springwood (west of Sydney) in 1986.
Wednesday, 29 April 2015
Distressing details of the sexual abuse will be aired at the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, the hospital's chief executive Christine Kilpatrick has confirmed.
"The hearing will examine a case in which a patient of the hospital in the early 1980s subsequently reporting having been sexually abused by a hospital volunteer," she said.
But there are concerns there may be more victims.
According to allegations, one volunteer is believed to have worked at the RCH, with full access to patients, from the early 1980s to the late 1990s, long after he is said to have sexually assaulted a patient.
Victoria's Royal Children's Hospital's response to abuse allegations to be investigated by royal commission
The scope and purpose of the public hearing is to inquire into:
The experience of a number of patients of health care services in New South Wales who were sexually abused as children in:
- private medical practices; and
- public hospitals.
- The experience of a number of complainants who made complaints against a medical practitioner to the New South Wales Health Care Complaints Commission (HCCC) and the then New South Wales Medical Board.
According to allegations, one volunteer is believed to have worked at the RCH, with full access to patients, from the early 1980s to the late 1990s, long after he is said to have sexually assaulted a patient.
Details to be aired at the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse next month will centre on the treatment of a long-term patient in the early ’80s by a now dead male volunteer who worked at the RCH for over a decade.
The 70-year-old was on Tuesday arrested at a home in Granville, in Sydney's west, following a year-long investigation which began with allegations he abused a young girl in 1986. Seven more victims were subsequently identified during the investigation.
A former Catholic priest from Sydney’s west has been charged with 19 offences relating to the sexual and indecent assault of children.
Last year (2014), police from the Blue Mountains LAC and the Sex Crimes Squad received information relating to the alleged assault of a young girl by a man at Springwood in 1986.
Detectives made inquiries into the matter and identified seven more children who had allegedly been sexually or indecently assaulted by the man at various locations through NSW between 1975 and 1992.
At the time of the offences, the man was practising as a Catholic priest.
Following their inquiries, detectives yesterday (Tuesday 28 April 2015) arrested a 70-year-old man at a property in Granville.
He was taken to Parramatta Police Station, where he was charged with:
- Two counts of sexual assault; and,
- 17 counts of indecent assault.
Granted conditional bail, the man is scheduled to appear before Parramatta Local Court on 14 May 2015.
A national inquiry into how a NSW Yoga Ashram handled allegations of child sex abuse re-opens in Sydney on Wednesday.
The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse will hear oral submissions in relation to the Satayananda Yoga Ashram at Mangrove Mountain, at Governor Macquarie Tower hearing room in Sydney's CBD.
This year it will hold open hearings in regional Australia for the first time, starting in Ballarat.
It said the city had a deeply disturbing history of institutional sexual abuse.
It will hear the experiences of survivors and the impact of abuse on the town's families and social fabric.
Ballarat survivor Andrew Collins said it was great news.
Tuesday, 28 April 2015
A former teacher at Sydney's Knox Grammar School has denied any knowledge of the so-called balaclava man incident, when a sleeping student was sexually assault by a masked man in 1988.
Christopher Fotis denies groping student and says he failed to appear at commission because he is a ‘very private person’
Former teacher Christopher Fotis recounted to the royal commission into sexual abuse being called into headmaster Dr Ian Paterson’s office at the elite private school over the arrest for unlawful exposure which he described as a “legal matter”.
“He suggested I should think about or I should resign,” Mr Fotis told the commission.
Fotis, 52, was asked to resign from the prestigious private school in 1989 after being arrested for exposing himself.
He told the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse that he worked as a casual teacher in NSW public schools and a Catholic school for six or seven months in 1990 following his arrest.
Christopher Fotis was asked to resign from the Sydney school in 1989 by the headmaster Ian Paterson.
He was given a reference which noted his enthusiasm for his job and his enormous help with extra-curricular events but which made no mention of why he was asked to leave or other complaints against him.
On Tuesday Fotis told a royal commission that it was a "pretty underwhelming" reference.
Fotis was later found guilty of obscene exposure after he was caught masturbating in his car on a street in Ryde, Sydney.
A former teacher at Sydney’s prestigious Knox Grammar school who was suspected of assaulting a student in his bed has told an abuse inquiry he did not attend when called to its hearings in February because he is a “private man”.
Christopher Fotis, 52, took the stand at a reconvened hearing of the royal commission into institutional responses to child sex abuse on Tuesday.
The commission previously heard that, in 1988, a teenage boarder woke to find a masked man groping him from under his bed.
A former teacher at Knox Grammar School who was apprehended by police after he failed to turn up at an earlier hearing into child sex abuse will give evidence on Tuesday.
Christopher Fotis, who taught at the elite Sydney private school in the 1980s, failed to appear before a royal commission in February.
He was arrested in Queensland earlier in April and will be in the witness stand when a hearing resumes into how the school and the Uniting Church handled allegations against a number of teachers.
Fotis, now 52, was asked to leave Knox in September 1989 after he was arrested for masturbating outside a school in North Ryde, Sydney.
The then headmaster at Knox, Dr Ian Paterson, gave him a glowing reference.
Northern Territory department records 145 allegations of sexual abuse of children in care in six months
Then from August 1, 2014 to January 31, 2015 it recorded 117 allegations of sexual exploitation
Monday, 27 April 2015
Manny Waks, the founder and former head of Australian sexual abuse victims’ advocacy group Tzedek, praised the Melbourne’s King David School for its handling of allegations that one its teachers had acted in an inappropriate manner with students.
Friday, 24 April 2015
Victim says school refused to believe her parents and warned them about complaint
Father Gratien Alabi was held in Rome by detectives investigating the disappearance of Guerrina Piscaglia, 50, who vanished from the village of Cà Raffaello, near Arezzo on 1 May 2014.
The married mother-of-one left her house for a walk on International Labour Day, a public holiday in Italy, never to return.
The 45-year-old clergyman was already a suspect in the case although he was previously facing charges of aiding and abetting a kidnapping or murder and banned from leaving Italy, pending an investigation. He has now been charged with murdering the woman and disposing of the body.
Pope Francis’s first U.S. trip won’t include Boston. Three survivors wrote open letters on whether it should.
* A 67-year-old woman said she was sexually abused and raped more than 100 times from age 11 by priest Reginald Durham, who forced her to confess her "sins" and gave her absolution.
* Children who ran away were publicly flogged with whips as an example to others. * Girls were forced to eat "ant sandwiches" under supervision to ensure compliance. * Altar boys were routinely raped by a priest during Latin lessons.
A stock whip wielded by a young man paints bloody stripes across a small boy's bare back while several nuns and dozens of children watch on.
Another boy is locked in a cramped cupboard for an entire day without food or water.
His crime? Wetting the bed.
Thursday, 23 April 2015
The public hearing commenced on 2 December 2014 and examined the response of the Satyananda Yoga Ashram to allegations of child sexual abuse by the Ashram’s former spiritual leader in the 1970s and 1980s.
Wednesday, 22 April 2015
THE public apology by Sisters of Mercy national head Berneice Loch came as it was revealed that elderly nuns from her congregation were ashamed and upset after being accused of abusing children.
A former Sisters of Mercy nun wept on the witness stand as she struggled to articulate her gratitude to abuse victims for changing her attitude to child sexual abuse from “scepticism and disbelief to acceptance and understanding’’.
The commission has also heard a key figure alleged to have committed serious crimes at Neerkol faced far more accusations of abuse than the public was aware of.
The national head of the Sisters of Mercy, the order which ran the infamous Neerkol orphanage near Rockhampton, paid tribute to former residents' "enormous courage" in telling their "heartbreaking" stories at a royal commission last week.
U.S. Bishop Robert Finn, the Catholic prelate in the U.S. heartland who became a symbol internationally of the church's failures in addressing the sexual abuse crisis, has resigned. He was the first bishop criminally convicted of mishandling an abusive priest yet remained in office for another two and a half years.
The Vatican announced Finn's resignation as head of the diocese of St. Joseph-Kansas City, Mo., in a note in its daily news bulletin Tuesday.
While the note did not provide any reason for the move, it is rare for bishops in the Catholic church to resign without cause before they reach the traditional retirement age of 75.
MO--KC bishop is ousted-a tiny step forward
Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, director of SNAP, Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790, firstname.lastname@example.org)
Finally, more than two years after his conviction, Bishop Robert Finn has been ousted. This is a tiny but belated step forward.
After centuries of abuse and cover up done in secrecy, and decades of abuse and cover up done somewhat in public, one pope has finally seen fit to oust one bishop for complicity in clergy sex crimes. That's encouraging. But it's only a very tiny drop of reform in an enormous bucket of horror.
Up to five of the Sister of Mercy nuns alleged to have abused children at Neerkol Orphanage were still alive in the 1990s, but many were “anxious and nervous” about meeting victims.
As the Royal Commission into Child Sexual Abuse in Rockhampton nears the end of a two-week hearing, a former nun has recalled the reactions of the Sisters of Mercy alleged to have abused and humiliated children at St Joseph’s Orphanage at Neerkol, west of the city.
MEMBERS of The Sisters of Mercy perpetrated a decades-long reign of terror, according to former residents of the Neerkol orphanage, near Rockhampton, involving cruel and humiliating punishments to keep children in line.
Child sex abuse inquiry: Senior Catholic nun apologises to victims from Neerkol orphanage in Queensland
A senior Catholic nun has apologised to victims of sexual abuse at St Joseph's Orphanage at Neerkol, near Rockhampton, during her testimony at a Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse hearing.
Hundreds of children were beaten, molested and raped at St Joseph's over three decades up until the late 1970s.
Tuesday, 21 April 2015
"It's a frightful, delicate and tragically topical subject and when you read about these things happening, everybody feels like they are an expert on the subject because they went to school as well," Morrow explains. "I thought it would be interesting to show what life is like in a school and how teachers deal with moments when they are, for one reason or another, compromised."
The Vatican confirmed Pope Francis’ acceptance of Bishop Finn’s resignation according to Canon 104 Article 2 in the Code of Canon Law in an April 21 statement, released at noon local time.
Robert Finn, 62, is the lone American bishop ever to be found guilty of a criminal charge for failure to report an accusation of child abuse.In what is likely to be hailed as major step toward accountability for Catholic bishops who mishandle sexual abuse allegations, the Vatican has announced the resignation of Bishop Robert Finn of Kansas City-St. Joseph.
BUT the national head of the Sisters of Mercy, whose members ran a notorious central Queensland orphanage, says she still believes the allegations should never have been aired in parliament almost 20 years ago.
Sister Berneice Loch was the order's congregational leader in 1993 when former residents of the Neerkol orphanage near Rockhampton began coming forward with claims they had been physically and sexually abused by nuns and priests.
The Age has recently detailed horrendous events that occurred in a disability house in the 1980s and 1990s. The question that cannot be avoided is: what has changed?
Conciliation is not the answer to every complaint.Despite the proliferation of policies, procedures and rhetoric about rights and protection, it would be wrong to conclude all is well. The systemic issues of powerlessness of people with disabilities and their families, pressure on the staff and whistleblowers to remain quiet, cover up by senior bureaucrats, secrecy and lack of transparency, allegations of rapes and the high number of deaths in care continue to the present day.
The charges are the latest in a series of recent prosecutions involving male carers working for the Department of Human Services or non-government disability care providers such as Yooralla.
In a case before the Melbourne Magistrates' Court, the male carer has been charged with multiple counts of sexual penetration of a person with a cognitive impairment and several counts of indecent assault.
A senior Catholic nun has admitted her response to allegations of physical and sexual abuse at a central Queensland orphanage was inadequate and exacerbated victims’ suffering.
The national head of the Sisters of Mercy, Berneice Loch, told a royal commission on Tuesday she was sorry she had not acted more compassionately towards former residents of the Neerkol orphanage, near Rockhampton.
Sister Berneice Loch, leader of the Institute of the Sisters of Mercy of Australia and Papua New Guinea, said she still objected to the naming of Neerkol in a ministerial statement by former National Party MP Kevin Lingard in September 1996.
INQUIRY: Abuse claims shock commission
SORRY: Bishop ashamed of child abuse
IN September 1996 Families Minister Kevin Lingard caused a sensation when he told Queensland parliament that six people had called a child sexual abuse hotline with historical allegations of abuse at the Neerkol orphanage, near Rockhampton.
The ensuing media coverage resulted in numerous former Neerkol residents coming forward to reveal their own stories of abuse.
Monday, 20 April 2015
A retired Catholic bishop who was slow to act on child sexual abuse allegations against members of his clergy says he feels shamed by what happened to victims.
Bishop Brian Heenan told a royal commission on Monday he felt a “terrible sense of shame and disgrace” over what happened to former residents of the Neerkol orphanage, near Rockhampton.
Child sex abuse inquiry: Retired Bishop agrees at Neerkol inquiry that headstone for paedophile priest 'offensive'
He has been questioned about the appropriateness of the inscription on the headstone of a paedophile priest's grave: "As made a royal priesthood to serve good."
Retired Queensland Bishop Brian Heenan ashamed of child abuse in Catholic Church, Royal Commission hears
Bishop Brian Heenan, appearing at the Royal Commission into Child Sexual Abuse at Rockhampton, said listening to a week of evidence from victims had moved him deeply.
“I realised all over again how dreadful it must have been for them,” Bishop Heenan, appointed in 1991 and now retired, said.
Bishop Brian Heenan told a royal commission on Monday he felt a "terrible sense of shame and disgrace" over what happened to former residents of the Neerkol orphanage, near Rockhampton.
Former orphanage residents last week told the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse of the physical, sexual and psychological abuse they suffered at the hands of nuns and priests before the orphanage closed in 1978.
Today's hearing was due to begin at 10:30am but delayed because of webcast problems.
Bishop Heenan has been explaining the Catholic church's response to abuse allegations at the orphanage from the 1940s to the 1970s, which was run by the Sisters of Mercy.
Sunday, 19 April 2015
Bishop Brian Heenan is expected to return to the witness box when the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse resumes in central Queensland on Monday.
Bishop Heenan was the head of the Catholic diocese in Rockhampton in the 1990s when former residents of the Neerkol orphanage came forward with historical child sexual abuse allegations.
She has faced criticism from Home Secretary, police chiefs and MPs
Mrs Saunders said her job was to make legal decisions, not popular ones
As the vast majority of child abuse survivors do not disclose their abuse for a number of years after the actual assaults, this causes a period of time where they often struggle to manage the emotional impact of the abuse and this then affects their relationships with family members, partners and friends. Often survivors will become disruptive in school and at home while it is also very common to see them start to drink excessively, take illegal drugs or self-harm in an effort to erase their feelings and memories of the abuse.
Below I have noted extracts from some of my current clients (their names have been anonymised for confidentiality, as have their abusers) who have had a number of different relationships affected due to childhood sexual abuse:
Another week and another school is under investigation for historical child sexual abuse.
Last Monday, Newington College, a private boys' school in Sydney, was the latest school rocked by historic child sexual abuse allegations. The reports indicated that the school sent an email out to the parents of current and former students notifying them of an anticipated court case involving allegations of prior abuse at the school.
Friday, 17 April 2015
Another city, another institution and more harrowing tales of ruined lives. And, as the Royal Commission into Child Sexual Abuse held a hearing in Queensland this week, another scandalous story of cruelty, cover-up and neglect.
The spirit of Sister Emile, whoever she was, flared briefly this week in the Royal Commission into Child Sexual Abuse at Rockhampton.
It was the one point of light amid the medieval darkness that appears to have enveloped St Joseph’s Orphanage at Neerkol for much of the 20th century.
Bishop Brian Heenan made significant admissions during a day on the witness stand at the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses into Child Sexual Abuse in Rockhampton.
Bishop Heenan, in charge of the diocese during the ’90s as the scandal erupted, admitted he put the Catholic Church’s reputation before his duty to listen to victims — including those abused at the notorious Neerkol orphanage.
Bishop Brian Heenan told the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse yesterday that victims told him as early as 1993 that they had been abused as children by priests at the Neerkol orphanage.
Marist Brothers have lived and worked in the ACT since the late 1960s when Marist College Canberra was established.
A spokesman for the order said the decision to close the community would not affect the running of the college which now operates with lay teachers and a lay principal.
Dramatic ceremonies which allegedly involved the girl being tied up with crucifixes placed on her head left the girl injured and, on one occasion, she attempted suicide.
Francis Hypocrisy: Pope rejects France's gay envoy to Vatican while Vatican battles with new scandals of Italian priests’ gay orgies and gay Swiss Guards
Child abuse inquiry: Retired bishop Brian Heenan kept paedophile priest in parish, royal commission hears
A retired Catholic bishop described a pedophile priest as having a "unique gift with youth" in a character reference for the man's court sentence.
Former head of the Catholic diocese of Rockhampton in Queensland Brian Heenan told a royal commission on Friday he regretted parts of the 1999 reference letter in support of the disgraced former member of his clergy, Reginald Durham.
FORMER head of the central Queensland diocese of Rockhampton Brian Heenan has told a royal commission his response to multiple allegations of child sexual abuse against priests at the Neerkol orphanage was inappropriate and wrong.
Historical allegations of widespread physical and sexual abuse by priests and nuns at the orphanage began emerging in 1993.
A retired Catholic bishop has admitted that he failed to protect Queensland children from a priest who was later convicted of child sexual offences.
The former bishop of the Rockhampton diocese, Brian Heenan, conceded at the royal commission into institutional responses to child sexual abuse that his response to multiple allegations of historical child sexual offences against members of his clergy was inappropriate and inadequate.
Retired Rockhampton bishop Brian Heenan knew about at least one sexually abusive priest in his parish
But he had no training on how to handle child sex abuse allegations when he was made Bishop in 1991.
Bishop Heenan has appeared as a witness at the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse in Rockhampton, answering questions on the Church’s responses to the abuse allegations at St Joseph’s Orphanage at Neerkol west of the city.
A retired Catholic bishop has admitted he failed to protect Queensland children from a priest who was later convicted of child sexual offences.
Former bishop of the Rockhampton diocese Brian Heenan conceded at a royal commission that his response to multiple allegations of historical child sexual offences against members of his clergy was inappropriate and inadequate.
Child abuse inquiry: Retired bishop says he regrets not reading book written by victim from Neerkol Orphanage in Rockhampton
Thursday, 16 April 2015
In 1996, then-head of the Catholic diocese of Rockhampton Brian Heenan labelled claims of child abuse at the Neerkol orphanage "scurrilous" and "slanderous".
The issue of accountability was discussed in the presence of Pope Francis by the C9, the group of senior cardinals who advise him.
Victims’ groups accuse the church, the Vatican and the Pope of refusing to take action against hierarchy who have turned a blind eye to pedophile acts. In some cases, the priests are simply moved to different areas or different jobs.
The royal commission into child sexual abuse, which winds up a week of testimony in Rockhampton today, heard that Father John Anderson routinely sodomised David Owen, now 76, when Mr Owen was a boy at the Neerkol orphanage outside Rockhampton in the 1940s and ’50s.
The attacks, so severe that the boy required nappies to stop bleeding, were not stopped even when a senior Queensland public servant who inspected orphanages was told of them, Mr Owen said.
Queensland government to meet with Morcombes over allegations of child abuse levelled against foundation adviser
Former Queensland Director of Child Safety Brett Anthony O'Connor, also a former Catholic brother, was arrested in March and accused of indecently assaulting two 12-year-old boys at schools in Sydney more than 25 years ago.
Police allege the assaults occurred at schools in Hunters Hill in 1987 and Campbelltown in 1989.
THREE former residents of the orphanage told the inquiry into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse on Thursday resident priest Father John Anderson regularly molested or raped them during their time there.
David Owen, 76, said the now-deceased Fr Anderson began molesting him after he became an altar boy at age nine.
Over the past few days we've been hearing horrific details of child sex abuse at St Joseph's Orphanage Neerkol near Rockhampton in the 1950s and 1960s.
The details have emerged in hearings held by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.
Child sex abuse inquiry: Former Neerkol resident 'received a bullet in the mail' after reporting child abuse at orphanage
A man who reported sexual abuse at St Joseph's Neerkol Orphanage received death threats after talking to police, including a bullet in his mailbox, the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has heard.
A Queensland government official who oversaw children’s institutions in the 1950s helped cover up brutal sexual abuse, a national inquiry has heard.
A former resident of the Neerkol orphanage, near Rockhampton, has told the royal commission into institutional responses to child sexual abuse an inspector from the state children’s department told him to keep quiet about repeated sexual abuse inflicted upon him by a priest.
A former resident of the Neerkol Orphanage near Rockhampton has told a royal commission an inspector from the state children's department told him to keep quiet about repeated sexual abuse inflicted upon him by a priest.
A witness known as AYA said she was sexually assaulted by one of the priests.
"On my 12th birthday I was sexually abused by Father Reg Durham at Neerkol," she said.
Wednesday, 15 April 2015
Francis Sullivan, chief executive of the Truth, Justice and Healing Council, made it clear outside the commission yesterday this was no place to challenge the testimony of witnesses and offered unequivocal support for sexual assault victims. Outdated attempts to handle abuse allegations internally had ended and the Church was determined to do all it could to right past wrongs, Mr Sullivan said.
The horrific orphanage where kids were raped then forced to confess it as a sin: Horrifying accounts of child abuse among the Catholic community in Rockhampton given to the royal commission
Allegations came out during Royal Commission hearing in Rockhampton
One woman said she was allegedly raped with a broom handle by abuser
Same victim claimed she became pregnant at 14 after she was gang raped
While a retired nurse said she had been punched and slapped repeatedly
A third victim said she was raped more than 100 times by a parish priest
Joseph Kiernan, a former resident of the orphanage outside Rockhampton, has told the Royal Commission into Child Sexual Abuse of sadistic physical and sexual abuse at the notorious orphanage, west of Rockhampton, in the 1960s.
Another witness Diane Carpenter, 62, alleged she was once locked in a hot room and forced to drink her own urine to remain hydrated.
Meanwhile, in a previous investigation it was found that hundreds of children were sexually abused, beaten and forced into hard labour there. In fact, the orphanage has always been under numerous police and government inquiries, one notably being by the former Queensland governor Leneen Forde in 1999.
Two weeks ago one Melbourne church was burned down, and fires were started in two other churches.
The media response to the fires focused on Rachael Griffiths' remark that she was happy to see her former parish church, St James, Gardenvale, in Melbourne, go up in flames because of the predatory behaviour of one of its parish priests. It also speculated whether the fire may have been lit by a victim of abuse.
A woman made the claims at a public hearing of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse in Rockhampton on Wednesday.
The inquiry is investigating experiences of children at the Neerkol orphanage near Rockhampton between 1940 and 1975.
The woman, referred to as AYL, said she was 10 when she was sent to Neerkol in 1961.
Three ex-residents of the Neerkol orphanage near Rockhampton have told the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse they either witnessed or experienced sexual assaults at the hands of Neerkol groundsman and bus driver Kevin Baker.
Diane Carpenter, 62, said she saw Mr Baker sodomise a boy while sexually abusing another in the bakehouse.
"It took me 45 years before I could talk about it," he said.
"I still have nightmares and bad memories of what happened.
"When you get bashed and kicked on the ground and you can't walk away, you crawl away, it still hurts."
The royal commission into institutional responses to child sexual abuse sitting in Rockhampton has heard that sadistic punishments and sexual abuse were rife at St Joseph’s Neerkol orphanage, which was run by the Sisters of Mercy from 1885 and 1978.
Police have gone to the site of a former orphanage in Ballarat to investigate whether scores of children could be buried in the grounds.
Detectives returned to the site in Victoria Street in Ballarat on Wednesday to look for evidence of unmarked graves.
There have been rumours as many as 25 children went missing from the orphanage over the years before it closed in 1968.
The site was bought by a developer in 2013, bringing the issue into the spotlight.