Bizarre priest showed kids body in coffin

The inquiry into child sexual abuse has heard that a Melbourne pedophile priest showed children a body in a coffin, carried a gun to school and held a knife against a child’s chest.

Father Peter Searson was described by a fellow priest as a bizarre human being who the commission heard indecently assaulted a girl during confession.

Former priest Philip O’Donnell told the commission that Sunbury parish nuns told him Searson took children into his room for sex education.

Mr O’Donnell said he thought Searson would be dealt with but nothing was done.