Manning/Great Lakes detectives have charged a retired priest in relation to alleged historical indecent assaults.
Investigators began making inquiries into the alleged incidents after receiving information from a local man in 2012.
Police spoke with a retired priest, aged 73 about the matters at Tweed Heads Police Station last Friday.
He was charged with three counts of aggravated act of indecency.
It will be alleged the man sexually assaulted a boy between 1984 and 1991 while working at a church in St Marys.
The man was bailed to appear in Tweed Heads Local Court on March 24.