Police have laid multiple charges against former Catholic priest Gerald Ridsdale.
Victoria Police would not confirm the exact charges, but said the man had been charged with 24 offences including sexual penetration of a person aged between 10-16 and indecent assault.
The charges relate to alleged incidents involving two male victims in Mortlake in 1981 and 1982.
Ridsdale, who was raised in Ballarat, was first assigned to a Ballarat parish in 1961 before he was moved to 10 different parishes in the Ballarat diocese from 1962 to 1988.
He will appear at the Warrnambool Magistrates' Court on March 24.
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