Sydney priest appeals assault ruling, denies smacking boy

A Sydney priest is appealing against being found guilty of common assault after he allegedly smacked a child who was misbehaving in church.

Fr Terrence Millard denies smacking a nine-year-old boy at St John Vianney church in Greenacre last year.

No conviction was recorded against the priest, but Fr Millard went on leave from the parish.

The appeal will be heard at Parramatta District Court on October 1.

A spokeswoman for Sydney archdiocese said it was in no way involved in Fr Millard’s appeal.

“It is a private action and the archdiocese is not paying legal fees,” she said.

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