May 31, 2005

Priest cleared of assault charges

CANADA
CBC News

WebPosted May 31 2005 07:09 AM NDT
CBC News

GANDER A Roman Catholic priest in central Newfoundland has been found not guilty of sexual assault.

The priest, who was charged last August with one count of sexual assault and three counts of common assault, was acquitted Monday in Gander.

The priest cannot be identified because of a court order.

Provincial Court judge Gloria Harding said the fact that the woman waited six months after the alleged first incident to call the police was troublesome.

The judge also found it troublesome that, after three of the alleged incidents, the complainant had willingly posed for pictures with the priest, where the pair were smiling with their arms around each other.

The priest said the ordeal has strengthened his faith.

Posted by kshaw at May 31, 2005 06:44 AM